Sandra and John Gibbs interview

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

Surprised that Sandra and I have been noticed. We would trade everything to get back to pre-stroke days.

Why is supporting stroke survivors important to you?
Just to talk to someone when you are really down and to realise you are not alone.

How do you think your contribution has made a difference? 

Someone who we have met over the few months now comes on trips we organise for our RAAF members with his wife.

What motivated your efforts to work with the stroke community?

After our strokes we strongly felt the need to make people aware of the dangers and the efforts needed to avoid strokes. If one person heeds the warning it would have been worthwhile.

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

Stroke is no laughing matter, so don’t give in and just sit back. Life is not the same and never will be so, be prepared to adapt to what your body will allow you to do.