Michael was almost 48 years old when his stroke occurred. He was home alone and collapsed to the floor. When he regained consciousness, Michael managed to call triple zero (000) and his wife. After surgery, subsequent minor strokes, pneumonia, temporary loss of vision and a shunt on his skull, Michael began his journey to recovery.
Michael describes stroke as something that hits you and your loved ones like a thunderbolt, it changes your life in an instant. The changes are wide ranging – physically, mentally, socially and financially. Michael experienced short term memory issues and said he would have been lost without the love and support of his family.
Michael’s main motivation for becoming involved in Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project is to help other stroke survivors and their families feel more confident about the future. Michael believes awareness and education are pivotal to success in recovery.