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It’s not just about surviving… It’s about living well after stroke.


When you meet Liz, you’d never guess she’s survived a harrowing experience when at just 33 she had a stroke. 

“I was at work. One moment I was fine and then I collapsed. In an instant, I lost feeling and function in my entire left side from my cheek down. Then my peripheral vision started to go”

But when she arrived at hospital, doctors didn’t diagnose her stroke straightaway. She waited for hours knowing something wasn’t right.

“I couldn't walk or feel my left side. But unfortunately I was sent home with my husband – the hospital said it was only a panic attack. I asked repeatedly why I couldn't walk, stand up or feel my left side, however the decision had been made.” 

Liz was left trying to fight for herself… And all the while her brain was dying at a rate of 1.9 million cells per minute

When Liz’s condition did not improve the next day, her husband took her to another hospital. This time they wouldn’t let her out of their sight! She was admitted straight into the acute stroke ward and had an MRI.

“I was in the stroke ward for five days. There was no known cause, but my life changed in an instant.”
 

StrokeLine

If you or someone you know has had a similar experience to Liz and need someone to talk to, StrokeLine is here for you. StrokeLine’s health professionals provide information and advice on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. Our team can help you to find the support and services you need, whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member.

StrokeLine’s practical and confidential advice will help you manage your health better and live well. 

 

StrokeLine 1800 787 653 (1800 STROKE)

 

Our StrokeLine staff are often on the phone. If no-one is available to take your call, you will be put through to our message bank. Please do leave us a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Eastern Standard Time
Email strokeline@strokefoundation.org.au

 

But Liz’s terror hasn’t stopped there.

While Liz has made a wonderful physical recovery since her stroke, people couldn’t see what was happening inside. For months after her stroke, Liz was wracked with the fear that at any moment stroke would strike again. 


“I was having panic attacks all day, every day. And horrible nightmares. I was convinced I was having another stroke. I was constantly terrified.”

You can see how specialised stroke support is so critical for recovery in the months after stroke. Knowing there is help available can make all the difference.

Your donation today will fund the critical work of our tele helpline StrokeLine and online resource EnableMe – vital resources to support stroke survivors on the long and challenging road to recovery.

Liz’s recovery journey

Liz has worked very hard at her recovery and has made a wonderful physical recovery – but she is the first to acknowledge that it has been challenging.

“I had to crawl back up from the bottom. I had to be patient, respect the journey and listen to my body to gradually rehabilitate. I am still working on it. I still can’t believe I’ve had a stroke. It’s crazy that it happened! But have to be grateful every day for my journey.”

Please donate today and stand beside stroke survivors like Liz on their recovery journey. No one should go through stroke alone.
 

StrokeLine

If you or someone you know has had a similar experience to Liz and need someone to talk to, StrokeLine is here for you.  StrokeLine’s health professionals provide information and advice on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. Our team can help you to find the support and services you need, whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member. StrokeLine’s practical and confidential advice will help you manage your health better and live well. 

StrokeLine 1800 787 653 (1800 STROKE)

Our StrokeLine staff are often on the phone. If no-one is available to take your call, you will be put through to our message bank. Please do leave us a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Eastern Standard Time
Email strokeline@strokefoundation.org.au