Beth hits her stride

November 26, 2019
Western Australian woman Beth Browning, 20, knows too well the debilitating effects of the disease after she suffered a stroke just two months ago.

“I was lying in my bed and started to feel spacey and dizzy. I tried to type something and couldn’t get the words out. I tried to say something and couldn’t get the sentences out,” Beth said.

“When Doctors said that I’d had a stroke, I was completely shocked because I was only 19 years old at the time.

“I think it’s important that people know that stroke can affect anyone, at any age.”

Beth has gained her speech back and is on the road to recovery, but still battles fatigue and headaches.

Now, Beth’s family is rallying behind Stride4Stroke in November, to raise crucial funds to support other stroke survivors and their families. The Browning family has set an activity goal of completing 150 kilometres, either running or walking, with the aim to raise $1000.

Stroke Foundation Western Australian State Manager Jonine Collins applauded the Browning family for striding and encouraged others to join them.

“One in four of us will experience a stroke in our lifetime, there is one stroke in Australia every nine minutes,’’ Ms Collins said.

“Stroke is no longer a death sentence for many, but for the stroke survivors and their families living in our community its impact is far reaching.

“With your support we will stand alongside stroke survivors and their families. We will support survivors and their families to live well after stroke.”

Funds raised will go towards vital Stroke Foundation programs like free telephone advice service StrokeLine (1800 787 653) and follow up services which help survivors and their families transition to life back home after stroke and throughout the recovery journey.

Help the Browning family reach their Stride4Stroke goal and donate here or join the event here (Facebook Event).