Goyen the dis­tance

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

ROB Goyen is look­ing to in­spire peo­ple to take the first step to re­cov­ery af­ter a stroke, fol­low­ing his own fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Bic­ton res­i­dent will run 250km from his house to the pic­turesque South­West coastal town of Duns­bor­ough on Novem­ber 21 to raise aware­ness, but not money, to co­in­cide with the Stroke Foun­da­tion’s Stride 4 Stroke Cam­paign.

It will be 10 years in Jan­uary since Mr Goyen had a ma­jor stroke on his drive­way at his home, an ex­pe­ri­ence he de­scribed as fright­en­ing.

“I was pulling the wheelie bin up my drive­way and it fell out of my hand and then I went to pick it up and I couldn’t,” he said.

“I got in­side and I started think­ing ‘it’s not good’ so I rang my wife and by the time I said the sen­tence, the phone fell out of my hand.

“She rang the am­bu­lance and they got there within 20 min­utes and the speed of it all saved my life.”

Af­ter weeks in hos­pi­tal and re­hab, he could not walk to the end of his drive­way but af­ter a year, he was fit again.

“It was prob­a­bly ahead of sched­ule for the av­er­age stroke vic­tim but be­cause I was fit, your body re­cov­ers a lot quicker,” he said.

“The body feels fine but it still plays with your mind, when some­thing like that hap­pens to you, to have that trust in your body again.

“What comes with hav­ing a stroke is the anx­i­ety that you deal with ev­ery day and learn­ing to trust your body, hence why I started run­ning fur­ther and fur­ther to see if I could trust my body.”

Mr Goyen said he hoped to in­spire stroke vic­tims to take the first steps to re­cov­ery.

“There are so many stroke sur­vivors sit­ting there not know­ing what to do be­cause as soon as you leave the hos­pi­tal or re­hab, they go ‘see you later’ and that’s it,” he said.

Mr Goyen will run about 80km each day over three days to com­plete the chal­lenge.

“I’ve got my wife, my mum and dad plus my crew on the way; they will meet me at ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery 10-20km with nu­tri­tion, food and mas­sage,” he said.

“The past 10 months has been pretty solid. I’ve been do­ing 100km to 120km per week and five weeks ago I did a 100km race in Victoria.

“I’m feel­ing good; driv­ing down on the week­end to see where we are go­ing to stop, it cre­ated a bit of ap­pre­hen­sion be­cause you don’t know how your body is go­ing to re­act.

“The biggest thing is heat. It could be re­ally hot. I’m ex­cited to get it done but there is al­ways ap­pre­hen­sion.”

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