Will2Walk Hero Shelly shares her stroke experience and how she is challenging herself in Will2Walk 2020.
This October, I’m excited to participate in Will2Walk to fundraise and create awareness for the Stroke Association of Victoria. I will be bringing my whole family together to walk along the O’Keefe Rail Trail – our aim is to beat last year’s distance of 10km.
I suffered a stroke when I was 40 which left me unable to stand. I put in months of hard work which helped me regain my skills. I started swimming (one armed!) and once I had gained back my strength and balance, I moved onto the treadmill.
I started attending the Bendigo Stroke Support Centre in May, 2019 to continue my recovery and meet other stroke survivors. The activities that I participate in at the Centre are chair yoga, peer support groups, and the Lake Weeroona Walking Group. The Centre is a great way to get together to show and share our goals and achievements.
Will2Walk is all about challenging yourself to a goal and then achieving it. I want to show others that if I can do it, then so can they – just do your best and keep putting your best foot forward.
I hope by participating in Will2Walk I can bring further awareness to the community about life after stroke and having a ‘you can do it’ attitude.