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Good job I joined LEGS!


As I navigated the new world of post-stroke paralysis, without LEGS it might never have occurred to me to move my arms upwards and thanks to LEGS sessions I have even relearned to coordinate right and left hands!


Without LEGS I would have spent the rest of my life unaware of sit to stands, calf raises and arm presses!

— LEGS participant

In one of my first sessions a bubbly lady gave us her top tips on travelling abroad in a wheelchair and how best to get around Venice. Travel abroad? Venice? 


Somehow I wasn't expecting that! Time for a reappraisal of what life might have to offer and it might be more interesting than I think, even though I am now living a ‘new normal’!

LEGS staff are fun, relentless, very patient and a rich source of information. They share their expertise in weekly talks. 


We discuss those topics and add our lived experiences to them in the weekly Neuro Café which then features in  the news on the LEGS website and acts as a resource for participants.

LEGS has been instrumental in my physical and mental recovery from devastating sudden illness. 


It has provided insider support, expert tips and tricks on how to survive and thrive and fun interactions with my peers in the group.

Sometimes we forget how much progress we have made until we look at our peers in a LEGS class and remind ourselves that not so long ago, that person next to you doing the exercises could hardly move a muscle. 


Not so long ago, you yourself (now standing up or walking or drinking from a cup) couldn’t move a muscle either.

Someone at the airport forgot to secure the two-way gate which I had just grabbed as I tried to steady myself to get on the plane, and it flew open. 


Luckily I had just done a LEGS class where they concentrated on balance and what to do if you were de-stabilised. 


Because of that I was able to react and correct my stance; otherwise I am sure I would have plunged 4 metres onto the tarmac.

Sarah Sparkes and the LEGS physio team have been a godsend for me and so many others. I was anxious about exercising with others with Neurological conditions and had been fearful of a pure Parkinson's group so a mixed Neuro exercise group was a happy medium for me. They targeted education and exercises to me within the group and were so kind and supportive I have improved more in the time with them than I have in 8 months of community physio input . Specialist care and so so kind. She really does SPARKLE!

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