It seems to me, a speaker of BrE, that stricken is mainly used adjectivally, especially in compounds:
As the flood-waters receded, the stricken village slowly came back to life.
The grief-stricken parents ...
In the right context, a past perfect is possible. Without more context it is impossible to say if it is essential.It always struck me as odd that you eat pizza for breakfast.
( is had missing from this sentence?)