Pearl Davis interview

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

I did not expect or feel I deserve any reward for the small contribution my visit has on a patient’s recovery. But after reading the other finalists’ responses and the work they have done, I feel honored to be a finalist for Improving Life after Stroke.

Why is supporting stroke survivors important to you?

During my own recovery I appreciated the encouragement and support I received from medical staff, family and friends. It played a major role in my own recovery and I believe the least I can do is support and encourage other stroke survivors on their own journey. For me personally, I am welcomed onto the ward by all the nursing staff and other health professionals. It makes me feel part of the hospital team and I find it extremely fulfilling. 

How do you think your contribution has made a difference? 

We all need motivation and I have found without exception stroke survivors I visit enjoy talking with someone who has ‘been there‘ and understands the struggles they are going through on their own journey to recovery. Although everyone is affected by stroke in a different way, they have the opportunity to ask a fellow survivor relevant questions that are bothering them.

What motivated your efforts to work with the stroke community?

I am very grateful for my own level of recovery and want to ‘pay back‘ and help to encourage other stroke survivors in any way I can.

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

It is my understanding that over time a stroke survivor can work towards some level of recovery depending on the severity of their stroke.