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‘A mini-stroke takes its toll – physically, emotionally, cognitively – it’s exhausting’

Young mother-of-five Niav McNamara shares how training and setting a goal of completing the Women’s Mini Marathon next month has helped her on her road to recovery

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Niav McNamara who suffered a mini-stroke last year. Photo: Patrick Browne

Niav McNamara who suffered a mini-stroke last year. Photo: Patrick Browne

Niav McNamara from Gorey in Co Wexford. Photo: Patrick Browne

Niav McNamara from Gorey in Co Wexford. Photo: Patrick Browne

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Niav McNamara who suffered a mini-stroke last year. Photo: Patrick Browne

Climbing mountains may not exactly be top of Niav McNamara’s list, but since suffering a mini-stroke in September 2021, walking has given her a new lease of life. This year, the social care educator and e-learning developer from Gorey in Wexford is taking on her first Vhi Women’s mini marathon.

It is a significant milestone for Niav after her health scare. “It was a real shock,” Niav says. “My dad had a stroke but he was in his 70s at the stage. I had none of the warning signs; no high blood pressure or any of the other medical signs that would have put me in a high-risk category. And I was only 44 at the time.”


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