Will2Walk Hero Kirby shares her stroke journey and her motivation for Will2Walk 2020.
Hi I’m Kirby! When I was 28, a tumour was found in my brain. The operation to remove it was successful but caused a stroke. I then had another stroke 3 weeks later. I spent 11 months in three different hospitals and then had to live in residential aged care for just over a year to access rehab services.
When I first was back home, I felt uncomfortable everywhere I went – like I was out of place and quite conspicuous – and I never felt genuinely included in things. I often felt disregarded. The Barwon Stroke Support Centre is a place that makes me feel comfortable and included.
Will2Walk is an opportunity for us to promote the Centres to other stroke survivors and make them aware of how they can help. It is also a chance to share something with the people that support us.
I am currently working on walking, breathing, talking and eating as part of my recovery. Because of Will2Walk, I’m more motivated than ever and have set myself a goal of walking normally again this year, it’s a continuing process.