Perhaps what I found so profound about his work, was how art sustains him.
Anyone with a brain should watch this TV programme! Stroke is not the end.
I never understand people who don’t have a television. I’m a writer, I love books, I love the written word and the tactile nature of paper pages turning. However I also value good television and some is excellent. This is.
This programme brought me to tears.
Andrew Marr is a TV presenter, writer, poet, political analyst and as we find out a frustrated artist who admits he probably lacked the bravery to attend art college as he would have loved to do.
My mother and her sister both died of strokes so for me this was of personal interest. If genetics have anything to do with it, this could be the way I go to the next plain or whatever lies ahead.
I’ve often watched Andrew Marr at his work, often presenting a variety of programmes on TV. I truly hadn’t appreciated just how badly the stroke had affected his movement and quality of life. Just holding a glass is an achievement for him.
He dives right in to all the treatments, the causes and terribly sad impacts of a stroke. He shows obvious frustration at how the treatments are to be sought out and paid for privately. However he is honest, enquiring and clear that he wants to learn, not inspire pity for his situation. He admits he worked too hard, and probably still does.
My mother’s treatment after her stroke was to be stuck in a cot-bed, to pay for it she had to sell her home. She was stuck in limbo, often not knowing who was around her, until a second stroke carried her from us. My aunt was thankfully saved this humiliation.
We all have to die of something as my dad wisely said on his death bed. However the stroke, or as Andrew says, the first stroke doesn’t always kill you, the second might. It’s how we learn to deal with the first one and its impacts that is so fascinating.
Now don’t get me wrong, this programme wasn’t depressing, not even sad.
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