Beth was a happy, healthy and sociable university student when she had a stroke in 2019 at the age of 19. Beth was at home at the time and her parents recognised what was happening when she began slurring her words and complaining of a heavy feeling in her head and called triple zero (000).
Beth’s stroke was caused by a hole in her heart, which had gone undetected since birth. Beth had heart surgery on her 20th birthday to repair the hole.
While Beth’s speech returned quickly and she has not been left with any physical impairments from her stroke, she continues to experience headaches, fatigue and emotional challenges.
Beth is excited to be involved with Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project, both as a stroke survivor and as a nursing student. Beth has taken a particular interest in neurology and cardiology since her stroke and has an appreciation for the challenges patients and their families encounter in hospital and once they return home to the community.