A CO Down driving instructor has described the "invisible" symptoms she still faces in her struggle to recover from a devastating stroke.
Kim Colhoun from Saintfield was having breakfast with her husband and mother when she suffered a stroke in February. She was rushed to hospital where she underwent emergency brain surgery.
Seven months on, the 48-year-old has spoke out about her "terrifying" experience and how she still struggles with aphasia - a communication disability which affects around a third of stroke survivors - in a bid to raise awareness of a new campaign by the Stroke Association.
Recalling the day she suffered the stroke, the mother-of-two said she realised something was wrong when she began "dribbling down my face on the right side".
"I couldn’t speak and I had lost movement down my right hand side," she said.
"Thankfully my husband Basil remembered the FAST advert and called an ambulance and I was rushed to Royal Victoria Hospital. Within two hours I was given clot busting drugs and had surgery to remove a clot from my brain.
"It was terrifying. I just kept going over my husband’s and children’s names in my head and trying to make the shapes of the words with my mouth.