Help survivors find their voice after stroke

Stroke can turn your words – and your life – upside down.

Donate today to ensure no stroke survivor goes unheard.


“I think my wife is having a stroke.” These are the words that struck panic into the heart of wife, mother and nurse Shannon Nelson.

When Shannon went to bed on Mother’s Day 2018, she never imaged that within hours she would be paralysed and unable to speak.

“I woke up about 5.30am – I was thrashing around in bed and then I fell out. I was paralysed down my right side, I couldn’t speak and I had a facial droop.”
- Shannon, stroke survivor

Thankfully Shannon’s husband Stewart knew the F.A.S.T signs of stroke (Face. Arms. Speech. Time) and called the ambulance. Thanks to Stewart’s fast action, Shannon was able to receive lifesaving, clot-busting medication.

After her stroke, Shannon’s journey to recovery had only just begun. Shannon’s stroke affected the part of her brain that deals with language and speech.


“Those first few days I cried a lot.

Each time I saw my husband sitting by my bed… and seeing our kids… not being able to tell them I love them… was heartbreaking.

I was scared. I wanted to tell my family it was all going to be alright. But I couldn’t communicate this to them.”
- Shannon, stroke survivor

Even after intensive rehab, Shannon still struggles with aphasia and verbal dyspraxia – the ability to coordinate the movement of the muscles used during speech.

Stroke can turn your life upside down. When the losses are huge, like movement or speech, it is vital to ensure stroke survivors don't feel trapped in their body... Nor silenced.

Donate today to ensure no stroke survivor goes unheard.


Your support will mean stroke survivors like Shannon can continue to access StrokeConnect's free professional assistance to find their voice and their new normal after stroke.

The members of our StrokeConnect team are trained health professionals who help stroke survivors and their carers access the information and expertise they need in recovery.

With resources like StrokeLine, EnableMe and My Stroke Journey, our StrokeConnect team is there for stroke survivors on their road to recovery.