When you think about stroke, you mostly think about the minutes and hours directly after a stroke strikes – and the time spent in hospital fighting for life.

Those critical minutes and hours decide whether stroke takes away a life… But they also determine what recovery will be like for the years ahead. The thing is, for many survivors of stroke, those years are the real battle.

You see, recovery from stroke is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. And for some people, it’s one that never ends.

That’s where our crucial services – like StrokeLine – can save lives all over again

Garry had a stroke whilst riding his vespa to work, in the prime of his life. He was a scientist, leading a team of people who relied on him. And he was the main income earner for his family – his wife Cindy and their two teenage sons, Danny and Tom.

Stroke didn’t ask if it could turn his entire life upside down. Stroke never does.

Yet, as Garry describes it, stroke did change his life - profoundly. He shares, “I lost a lot of brain… Now my life is very constrained. The simplest social occasions will leave me exhausted for one or two days.”

Garry is proud of the milestones he’s reached in recovery – leaving hospital, regaining his independence, and walking unaided, contributing to the day-to-day running of family-life. However, some days are a painful reminder of what he’s lost.

That’s where StrokeLine can be a lifeline for survivors of stroke.

People call StrokeLine for advice, referrals, information or just to talk with someone who understands. That’s why every member of our team is a qualified health professional, trained to answer the unique questions and concerns of survivors of stroke, their families, friends and carers.

And because we know that reaching out is often the hardest part, a call to StrokeLine is FREE.

“StrokeLine filled an important gap between being discharged from hospital and the next stage in my recovery. It was a time where I felt quite lost,” Garry agrees.

Yet the truth is StrokeLine, like all our StrokeConnect services, relies on you.

It takes your compassion and generosity to keep StrokeLine running, and as we come to the end of the financial year, we're urgently asking people who care to dig deep.