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Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - YOUR SAY -

STROKE touches peo­ple of all ages and from all walks of life. It strikes the brain and its im­pact can be dev­as­tat­ing and life chang­ing, not only for the in­di­vid­ual but for those who love them most.

While time-crit­i­cal treat­ments have im­proved stroke out­comes sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years, there is no doubt re­cov­er­ing from stroke can be a long and chal­leng­ing process.

For some peo­ple this means learn­ing how to talk and walk again, while others ex­pe­ri­ence hid­den dis­abil­i­ties and men­tal strug­gles.

Fa­tigue, anxiety, sen­sory is­sues and de­pres­sion can chal­lenge stroke sur­vivors.

The ad­just­ment to life af­ter stroke can also be tough for fam­i­lies and car­ers.

You do not have to go through this alone.

Call StrokeLine on 1800 787 653 if you need to talk about how stroke is im­pact­ing your life. For cri­sis sup­port, Life­line is avail­able 24 hours a day, seven days a week 13 11 14.

— SHARON MCGOWAN Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Stroke Foun­da­tion

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