As Tahnee held her newborn baby, this was the last thing anyone expected...

“I experienced the most excruciating pain in my head,” Tahnee says, “I honestly felt like I was going to die.”

She was assured that her pain was normal, but Tahnee knew something was wrong, “I felt a tingling in my face and couldn’t move the right side of my body… My right leg felt like it was made out of concrete.”

But Tahnee trusted herself, knew the stroke symptoms and got the proper tests.

She’d had 5 mini bleeds, known as stroke ischaemic insults, bilateral dissection of her vertebral arteries and developed a rare condition called Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome.

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No one expects stroke in a young person, yet it’s becoming tragically more common.

Tahnee explains, “Stroke does not discriminate; it can happen to anyone at any time, and it may even happen to someone you know.”

Two years on, Tahnee is still living with the effects of stroke – but hope keeps her going.

After a lot of trial and error, she is now in good hands. Visiting her neurologist regularly, taking the right medication and monitoring her symptoms has helped her regain her independence.

Her friends and family have been crucial in her recovery, “Support is so important and plays a massive role in the healing journey. I’m so grateful for my support team.”

Will you give a gift today to put help, advice and support alongside families like Tahnee’s?

Your support today can make sure families have access to the right networks on their journey after stroke.

You can help survivors right from the start with access to My Stroke Journey booklets in hospital, or make sure health professionals answer each StrokeLine call.

With your support we know we can reach even more Australians after stroke – through innovations like our recently launched Young Stroke Project, connecting younger survivors and their families with tailored resources.

A stroke strikes every 19 minutes in Australia – but you can give survivors hope for the journey ahead.


Donate now and make sure families like Tahnee’s have support and guidance this holiday season.