My name is Sas Freeman; stroke survivor, author, mentor & Voice Over Artist
I previously worked as a photographic model and on television. I also appeared in films and as a double for Emma Thompson in Brideshead Revisited. Alongside, I managed teams for companies delivering advertising material for national organisations, client facing where necessary, pitching campaigns.
I have now become an artist using my non-dominant hand following my strokes.
I have sold oil paintings which hang in private homes in various parts of the world. My work is also on display in several galleries in the UK. I have donated several pictures to raise money for charity, including one for cancer which now hangs in a home in Barbados, and one to a Hospice which was displayed at a town festival. This image was chosen to be part of a poster to advertise the event. I had my water colours turned into cards and sold them in aid of a local stroke group, to help fellow survivors. I am part of a regional Health Focus Group, created to raise awareness and funding for the Functional Electronic Stimulator and Selly Oak Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, which treats people across the UK. In 2013, I was given the Courage Award from the Stroke Association for my “valiant efforts shown throughout my recovery”, their words not mine. Part of my story was published in the Worcester Evening News; and Different Strokes, a charity for young stroke survivors who have agreed to promote my book, “Two Strokes Not Out” and share my story.
In order to help fellow survivors at the beginning of their recovery, when they are often unable to read, I am looking to find funding to turn the book into an audio version. To help those who have suffered a stroke and to raise awareness of what can be achieved, I hope to be working with organisations giving talks to inspire, encourage, and help fellow survivors.
I feel very strongly about raising awareness of stroke thus helping survivors and their loved ones. My experience of having two strokes, combined with my positive attitude and practical steps to recovery are, people say, eloquently portrayed in my book, where I write about my own emotions and the passionate belief and promise to help others:
“At the onset of my stroke my body began to change yet, strangely, my mind moved into a place of real peace, a place where everyday worries, doubts and concerns were removed. The energy level I reached was so safe and secure that I didn’t question it and I was happy to remain. Yet I was experiencing stroke. There was an invisible force talking to me, comforting me and giving me reassurance. I believe I was given a choice: either to continue in this blissful state from which there would be no return, or, return and write about my recovery, helping other stroke survivors and their families. I had never felt the need to write before, but I was now convinced I would be helped; it was a deep conviction. I now have a promise to fulfill; to get this book published which I have and use it to help others. I am alive, I have the gift of life. I know I have been given a second chance to make a difference.”
I have also recorded ‘Two Strokes Not Out’ into an audio version which is available as a free download.