StrokeLine is the only dedicated help line for people affected by stroke in Australia. Over the next year, it will cost $318,412 to run. And without your help today, we can’t keep vital support services like StrokeLine going.

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The first minutes, and hours after a stroke are a matter of life-or-death.

But what happens once you’ve survived the attack? There’s the days… and nights… that follow. And the truth is, your survival is about getting through those too.

For many people who survive a stroke, the first few weeks are often about just coming to terms with what their body can no longer do. Walk. Talk. Eat.

It can be overwhelming. Often they’re so busy just trying to grasp any hope of recovering their physical strength, they don't have time to even process what has happened emotionally.

Recovery from stroke can be a difficult and long experience, full of uncertainty and sometimes isolation. StrokeLine provides critical support, care and advice from trained health professionals. Read more about this vital service here.

But without your support, calls could go unanswered. StrokeLine is a lifeline for people after stroke. Yet it receives no government funding. StrokeLine relies entirely on the compassionate support of people like you. Please donate today to keep services like StrokeLine running.

Stroke survivor Sue Bowden shares what StrokeLine has meant to her recovery.

Sue's Story

There aren’t enough words to describe what StrokeLine has meant to me. The support and inner peace I have found from my connection to StrokeLine has been a lifeline. And I know I’m not alone.

When I had my stroke, all those years ago, there was so much focus on my physical recovery. But the emotional trauma was just as devastating. My husband and I tried to move forward with our lives, but the pain and loss stayed with us.

I had my stroke right after losing my first baby. My husband and I were already suffering from her loss – and then stroke came for us. My recovery involved so much work – physically and emotionally. It was exhausting.

I felt like my brain had attacked itself and focusing on the things I could control, like exercises, physio and medications became my focus.

I’ve since learned, however, that recovering from stroke isn’t just about learning to talk or walk again. While stroke may literally damage your brain, the place it hits the hardest is your mind.

It was years after my stroke that I discovered the Stroke Foundation and the amazing services they offer to stroke survivors and their families. I wish I had found them sooner. To be able to share experiences with people who “get it”, who have been there before and who are willing to help – it has just made such a difference to my overall well-being.

StrokeLine has helped me find a voice for those losses. And through the Stroke Foundation I’ve found a wonderful community of people who feel like I do.

If I could, I would ask everyone who sees this to please support this vital service. I am not exaggerating when I say: StrokeLine is a lifeline. Please help save a life.

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