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“It was this huge thing that came out of nowhere.”

Those are the words of 22-year-old Beth describing a stroke she had two years ago at just nineteen. It had been just a normal day for Beth, a nursing student who was on her phone before bed.

‘“I was texting friends and all of a sudden, I couldn’t type any more. I knew what I wanted to type on my phone, but it was just muddled up words.”

Beth went to hospital and was admitted to the Neurology ward for further testing. It was a week and a half before she was diagnosed with stroke.

“After days of tests and investigation - doctors attributed the stroke to a hole in my heart that had been undetected since I was born. A clot formed there, passed through, and struck the left side of my brain which controls speech.”

The biggest challenge for Beth, as she navigates returning to life, study and work has been chronic neuro fatigue and her mental health.

This is where StrokeLine came in. Her mum, Nichola made a call, about a year and a half after Beth’s stroke.

“Beth was recovering and had returned to work, study and a busy social life, but I was worried that she was still struggling with fatigue.”

 

Nichola spoke with an experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate health professional at StrokeLine.

“I actually wish I called StrokeLine sooner.”

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.

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.

Your gift today will make sure that especially when someone is in their darkest moment – StrokeLine will answer the call.