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

When Liz was rushed to hospital after collapsing at work, doctors misdiagnosed her stroke. They told her it was a panic attack. So while the stroke attacked Liz’s brain, she was sent home to bed.  

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 given an MRI.

The trauma stayed with Liz long after the stroke was over.

“[After the stroke] I looked fine. But what people couldn't see was that I was constantly terrified… You lose your confidence completely and you can’t function at the same level so you don’t think as clearly.”

It's not just about surviving...It's about living well after stroke.

Liz describes her experience, “The hardest thing for me – and something I’ll never forget – is I felt like no one understood me. It’s really hard when your brain isn’t functioning very well and is not at capacity, and then trying to explain that to other people.

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.

I’m asking you to help ensure no stroke survivor has to go through this journey to recovery alone. Donate today to help ensure the Stroke Foundation is there to support survivors and their loved ones.

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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)

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