The first symptoms I had were more frequent headaches, that went on longer. I also started to have dizzy spells and slur, and then gradually over the weeks it got worse and I was actually feeling like I couldn’t stand up, so I’d sometimes fall over. These spells didn’t last very long. They were only 10, 15 seconds and then I’d feel okay again. So I didn’t really take any notice of it.
Once, I had a funny turn when I was driving on the motorway. I had to pick my son and his girlfriend from Luton airport, and we were driving back and suddenly I couldn’t move my right foot at all – it wouldn't work. Afterwards, everybody said, 'I knew there was something wrong with you. I could see that you weren’t yourself.' I wasn’t really worried myself because I just thought, well, it can’t be anything serious. I’m fit, I’m healthy, I’ll be fine. I’ve always been that kind of person.
Three different GPs told me that it was just migraines, but eventually it got so bad that I collapsed at home.