Toni’s stroke was not diagnosed until a week after it happened. It was 2013 and the 46 year did not display any of the F.A.S.T (Face.Arms.Speech.Time) signs.
Toni was feeling off colour and took herself to a doctor. Following a brain scan Toni learnt she had suffered a stroke.
Toni was not admitted to hospital or to a rehabilitation centre and missed out post-stroke assessment and education as a result. She was left to research information herself, which was daunting.
While stroke did not impact Toni physically, it has had a huge impact on her life. Toni experiences sensory overload daily, she is unable to go out by herself, no longer able to drive and have been assessed as never able to work. Toni’s drive to be involved in Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project is to add to the development of information which will better educate stroke survivors and their families about the wide-reaching impact of stroke on daily living, particularly the impact of hidden disabilities.