Andrew Marr said he 'doesn't want to become a poster boy for stroke recovery'
Andrew, 57 – who is set to appear in a new documentary entitled Andrew Marr: My Brain And Me – said he tries hard to conceal the effects of the stroke from which he suffered in 2013 while fronting his weekly programme, because he does not want the TV audience to put more importance on his health than on the topic of the day.
In an interview with Radio Times, he said: "One of the things I said early on was that I didn't want to become a poster boy for stroke recovery.
"I don't really like talking about these things, or certainly being filmed. I didn't enjoy watching the film.
"But when you are in public life, and something bad but very common happens to you – 1.4 million people are surviving strokes at the moment – then you have a kind of obligation to share your experience, particularly if it's positive, and is going to encourage other people."
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One of the things I said early on was that I didn't want to become a poster boy for stroke recovery.
The presenter went on to say that suffering the stroke gave him "a sense of mortality".
Andrew continued: "I was very aware that I could have been dead at 53. In a way it's like being shot into old age earlier than usual.
"You are physically frailer than you would normally be in your mid-50s, you have less energy and therefore the available amount of time matters more to you."
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"Paradoxically – as everyone says the stroke was caused by me working too hard – I sort of want to cram a lot of things in," he added.
Andrew – who still struggles to walk – returned to host his Sunday politics show just nine months after suffering the stroke and he opens up about his condition in his new BBC2 documentary.
On the show, he explained: “I was never suicidal. I was upset. Everyone who goes through this has periods of depression. It’s the small things that accumulate and make life a bit crappier than it otherwise would be.
“It’s that yet again it takes 35 minutes to get dressed; yet again you drop the toast on the floor; yet again you find you can’t walk from A to B properly.”
Read Andrew's full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times, which is on sale now.