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Story telling helps former folk singer cope with stroke
WHEN Peter Sadler began travelling from Bollington to Altrincham to attend Success Stories storytelling club two years ago, he had no idea it would become his life saver
A former folk singer and guitarist, he became well-known in the eighties and when the post-punk bands he had played with disbanded, he began performing tango and flamenco music.
He then became a company director until his business folded as did his relationship at that time. Then his mum died. The stress was too much and, at just 55, he had a stroke.
“I was in bed with my girlfriend, Sareth when, suddenly, I couldn’t move my arm or leg.
“She was brilliant. She dialled 999 straight away.
Paralysed down his right side, he could no longer play his guitar.
“It was my form of creative expression. I asked Sharon Richards who founded Success Stories what I should do to replace it and she suggested writing drabbles.”
A drabble is a story of 100 words and Success Stories have now set up a Drabble Diaries project. A diary contains 100 drabbles on subjects ranging from Retirement to Dieting.
Peter’s diary is about his stroke. He has already written 30 drabbles about his experiences in hospital and afterwards.
“It helped because I could express my feelings.”
Now he reads a drabble to the club and follows it with a slow, gentle, song.
Three months after his stroke, his new business, Idea Farm, setting up Apps for school parents, including Sale Grammar, is doing well.
For information about Drabbles see drabblediaries.com or telephone 07854 227 805.
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