It was just over a year ago that Elinor Steven woke up in bed unable to move or speak.
At the age of just 45, the mum-of-one had suffered a devastating stroke, leaving her unable to walk.
But later this month she will be taking part in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run at Camperdown Park as a stroke survivor.
Elinor, now 47, said: “I woke up in the morning and was unable to get out of bed and speak.
“It was horrendous. I couldn’t move or anything.
“I didn’t have any clear signs although I had a broken pelvis from falling off a pony three weeks before that.
“They reckon it was a clot from my pelvis which went through a hole in my heart I didn’t know I had.
“I thought I was dreaming because I was coming in and out of consciousness.
“I remember being put in the ambulance but I don’t remember the journey to Dundee.”
Elinor, from St Andrews, spent 10 days in Ninewells before being transferred to the rehabilitation unit at Cameron Hospital, in Fife.
She said: “I had to learn to walk again and use my right hand.
“Other people had to do everything for me – washing me, doing my hair.
“When I came out of hospital, I was in a wheelchair.
“I’m a very active person. I would get up in the morning, walk the dog, make my little boy’s packed lunch. But then I couldn’t get out of bed because of fatigue.”
Elinor’s stroke also had an impact on her son, Angus, who was 10 at the time.
She said: “He held my hand when the ambulance came.
“He just saw me getting carted away when there wasn’t really any support for him afterwards.”
Elinor has since returned to work part-time as a secretary at St Andrews Golf Club, and will take part in the Resolution Run on February 24.
She said: “I just want to make a point that this time last year I could hardly walk, but thanks to the NHS I am here now.”
For more information visit resolutionrun.org.uk.