Letters

You are not alone after stroke

Ed,

Stroke can be cruel and it can change a life in an instant.
This devastating disease can take away things we take for granted each day like walking and talking, showering and eating independently. It can render simple, yet precious moments like dropping the kids at school, baking a cake or going for a Sunday drive almost impossible.
One in four people globally will have a stroke in their lifetime – and the number of working age people impacted by stroke is increasing.
While time-critical treatments have improved stroke outcomes in recent decades, there’s no doubt recovering from stroke can be a long and challenging process both physically and mentally.
Loved ones can profoundly feel the impact of stroke too, with many taking on the role of carer, while juggling family responsibilities, medical appointments and life in general. The changes are sudden and often stressful.
While this new life can feel isolating and frustrating, I want people with stroke and their families to know you are not alone.
Stroke Foundation has a free service called StrokeLine (1800 787 653). StrokeLine is there to help those who survive stroke and their families to find the support services needed to live well.
StrokeLine is staffed by health professionals who provide expert information, advice, support and referral on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.
The phone calls are confidential and the team understands issues are varied and sometimes even hidden like anxiety, fatigue, sensory difficulties and depression.
Please remember help after stroke is a phone call away, no matter whether you have been home from hospital for a week or a decade. You do not have to go through this alone.
StrokeLine (1800 STROKE or 1800 787 653) operates Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Eastern Standard Time.
For crisis support, Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week 13 11 14.
If you think someone is having a stroke, call triple zero (000) immediately. The best outcomes are achieved when stroke is treated quickly.Sharon McGowan, Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer

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