Marion Melrose interview

What does it mean to you to be named a finalist in the Stroke Awards?

Being named a finalist means to me that our choir gains recognition. It would not only be an achievement for me as a stroke survivor, but a great achievement for the diligence of the other members.

Why is raising awareness about stroke important to you?

Raising awareness of stroke is a priority of mine, and I feel that life after stroke is severely lacking, especially in regional areas.

How do you think your contribution has made a difference?

When I tried to find facilities that would aid my return to society, I found they were severely lacking. In my own way I have found the choir gets the word out better than any brochure can.

What is one thing you would like people to know about stroke? 

I would like people to know that there is life after stroke, not just to write us off. That it is the highest cause of disability in Australia. It can happen to anyone at any age.....this is something that is not necessarily known or accepted! Everyone is vulnerable.

Who is your favourite creative person?

I don't have a favourite creative person! I feel that creativity should be honoured and respected in its own right.