Stroke can occur at any age, and survivors and their families may feel isolated by their physical, mental and social disabilities. The lives of the primary carers of stroke survivors may be severely impacted as well.
Clinical care post-stroke is limited and there are many things that only an experienced survivor or carer knows about life after stroke. We understand that rehabilitation is often a long-term process. We understand that no two strokes are the same in effect and impact. We understand the importance of re-engaging with your community and we are here to help you, no matter where you are in Victoria.
The important thing to know is that you are far from being alone on this journey, in fact, there are well over 400,000 people living with the effects of stroke in Australia. Among them are dedicated support volunteers who have navigated the journey.
"As a healthy, full-time Occupational Therapist and avid runner, having a stroke at age 24, following the removal of a tangle of vessels in my brain stem, shook my world considerably. I was unable to move, speak or swallow.
Tens years later I have returned to work, commenced an inspirational speaking business to share my new-found insight into life as both a therapist and patient. I have also just written my first memoir. I am a proud Auntie to seven nieces & nephews and spend a lot of my time with family & friends or doing yoga or going for a swim. Life is still challenging but now has so much meaning to it”