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Returning to the Workforce – A New Path 

Written by Rebecca Schmidt-Lachlan, Altered Abilities There may be a time during our working lives when we have an injury which needs a return-to-work plan. This is even more challenging after a life changing trauma such as a stroke. There are not only the physical adjustments to contend with, but also any cognitive changes to consider. This can present massive challenges accepting...

Sex after stroke

Written by Toni Arfaras This blog includes descriptions of sexual activity. I think it would be interesting to pinpoint the reasons people originally contact the Stroke Foundation be it through StrokeLine or jumping on the website. For me there were two reasons; driving and sex, though I’m not sure which one I considered the most important. One represented a misplaced sense of freedom and the...

Testing of the new website is now open

In the last 2 years the Young Stroke Project has worked with the young stroke community through different workshops, surveys and interviews. Common themes that have come up are: People’s recovery was hindered by a lack of accessible, engaging information.There is a clear need for an online resource for people to connect with peers and access information about stroke, treatment, recovery and...

Do you have lived experience of stroke? Do you want to be paid to deliver content for Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project?

We’re looking for stroke survivors, their partners, families, carers and friends to share stories and experiences and to explore ideas about recovery. This is an opportunity to create content that will inspire others, using the knowledge and skills you’ve built in your recovery to make the path a little easier for others. We are especially keen to receive applications from:  Aboriginal or...

We wish you a happy holiday season and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!

2021 was a big year for the Stroke Foundation Young Stroke Project. We have achieved many milestones and thankful to everyone who has been part of the project. We are very excited to see what the new year brings. Please enjoy a brief video message from the Young Stroke Project Team. Happy holidays everyone! Video transcript Happy holidays from the Young Stroke Project. And we wish you all a Happy...

Exploring your Options – Working out the best fit

Written by Rebecca Schmidt-Lachlan, Altered Abilities Thank you for joining me for the 3rd instalment of my blog series, for those who have just taken a look now…. I suffered a brain stem stroke that left me in a pretty bad way. You can read more about my journey in Advocacy in Hospital and Advocacy during Rehabilitation. Learning it’s time to leave At a certain point, the inevitable day...

A Stroke Survivor’s perspective of a carer: An open letter to my husband

Written by Toni Arfaras To my darling husband, ‘In sickness and in health’… so many times I’ve thought that that phrase must come back and haunt you. Let’s face it; when we spoke those words to each other neither of us would have imagined that 23 years into our marriage, when we were both in our 40s, our lives would be upended and we would be having to reassess our plans for the future. I never...

Better connection survey findings

To complement recent Discovery Sessions, the Young Stroke Project also conducted a survey to reach more people online and to gather additional insight. The aim of the online survey was to further explore: How can we better connect support crew with young stroke resources, services and peer support?How can we ensure support crew can easily access what they need at all stages in their journey...

Discovery session findings

Last year in the “Recovery” Roundtable workshops it was found that: People’s recovery was hindered by a lack of accessible, engaging information How and when information is delivered is just as important as the type of information To further explore these findings, we want to ask: How can we better connect support crew with young stroke resources, services and peer support? How can we...

Advocacy during Rehabilitation – the next phase 

Written by Rebecca Schmidt-Lachlan, Altered Abilities Initial Beginnings  Welcome to the next part in my Advocacy series. For those that missed my first blog, I suffered a stroke in my brain stem and was left unable to move anything from the eyes down. To read the full details check out my blog on Advocacy in Hospital. After moving from the Intensive Care Unit...