Eleven years ago Robert Carrie suffered a massive stroke that doctors told him he was lucky to survive.
He lay unconscious for an entire day on his bedroom floor where his wife, Maureen, found him lying that evening.
Robert, 59, from Kirriemuir was only 48 at the time and an incredibly fit sportsman.
He had run seven marathons, countless 10km runs and had worked as a coach at Brechin Sports Centre in Angus for 24 years.
Robert’s life changed overnight.
He went from leading an active, busy life to being unable to walk, talk or even chew his food. Robert had to learn everything all over again.
He is confined to a wheelchair and is only able to speak a few words.
Speaking through Maureen, Robert was able to explain that his life now is very different from the one he was leading right up until the night of the stroke.
Maureen said: “Robert had been very sporty ever since school.
“He went on to run seven marathons, including, London, Athens and Toronto,
“He also loved to coach youngsters and his speciality was obviously running.
“All that had to end and Robert spent more than two years in hospital following the stroke.
“He has had to go through a lot of rehabilitation.
“We are lucky he is still here. The doctors told us it was only because he was so fit that he survived.”
Maureen said that, over the years, Robert had received a lot of support and help from Headway Tayside, the brain injury charity.
It was forced to close just over a year ago for a variety of reasons but is all set for a major relaunch.
Robert said he wanted to tell his story to support the charity, which is relaunching as Headway Dundee and Angus.
Maureen, who is now a Headway volunteer, said: “Robert has had massive support from the charity.
“We were very disappointed when it was forced to close, so we’re delighted that it is to relaunch.”
Local co-ordinator Maria Burnett said she was delighted to announce the relaunch.
“Headway Tayside is having a relaunch next month with Jenny Marra opening proceedings.
“There will also be the launch of a new support services directory, a one-stop shop for all support services in the Tayside area that will be available to GPs, clinicians, professionals and the public.
“We have been working hard to reform and have already held our first meeting under our new committee.
“There is a massive demand for our services in Dundee and it’s great news that we are up and running again.
“There were 1,599 acquired brain injuries in Tayside in 2016-17.”
Maria said that the previous group had been active in Dundee for several years, and during that time had been able to support hundreds of people with a brain injury.
She added: “Our aim is to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury, and provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers.”
The group meets every second Wednesday with the next meeting on August 15 at the Steeple Church in the Nethergate, from 1.30 – 4.30pm.
The group also hopes to expand into towns around Angus.