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Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

get where I am now. It took years of over­com­ing emo­tional and phys­i­cal chal­lenges to re­cover. I had speech ther­apy and I had to learn to walk us­ing par­al­lel bars which was frus­trat­ing be­cause each step seemed to take for­ever. I just didn’t want to be there and I was prob­a­bly a try­ing pa­tient.

“It was hard work but with the right attitude and enough sup­port it’s pos­si­ble to get your life back af­ter a stroke.

“I quite like my ac­cent al­though I didn’t even know I had one un­til my brother got me a mo­bile phone and I heard my own voice on the mes­sage-bank record­ing. Now there are few signs I’ve had a stroke apart from a slight lazi­ness on my right side when I get tired.

“I’ve worked to raise funds and pub­lic aware­ness through the an­nual Stroke of Art Ex­hi­bi­tion, my chil­dren are grown up and do­ing well – I’m re­ally proud of them. Through my work with Stroke of Art I met and mar­ried Dr Christo­pher Green. My life is won­der­ful now and some­times I won­der if some­one planned all this. I’m grate­ful for ev­ery­thing – I have en­joy­ment and peace ev­ery day.”

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