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Stroke stampClaire O’Kane was just 26 years old when she had a stroke.

She and her mum, Ann, talk about their experiences, six years on. As told to Penny Bailey.

Claire: I was 26 when I had my stroke. I had always felt there was something in my head that shouldn’t be there, but I didn’t know what it was. I thought it may be a brain tumour. I kept looking in the mirror to see if my eyes had dilated, because I worked as a carer for old people so I knew that was a sign something was wrong with the brain.

Ann: I’d ask what was wrong, if she felt bad or had any pain and she’d say no. You can’t go to the doctor’s when there’s no sign anything is wrong with you. I thought it was just Claire being a worrier. But she kept saying something was…

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