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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...

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...

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...

Changing Expectations: Becoming a Grandmother

Written by Toni Arfaras Toni and her granddaughter I’m sitting here, writing this, with a tinge of sadness as the effects of my stroke force me to confront another aspect of the expectations of how I thought my life would play out and what the reality is. I know that regardless of whether you’ve had a stroke or not we all have to modify such thoughts and actions and that COVID, and the...

Advocacy in hospital – gaining the confidence to speak up

Rebecca Schmidt-Lachlan

Written by Rebecca Schmidt-Lachlan, Altered Abilities How did I get through this?  Let’s be honest, nobody wants to spend time in a hospital for more than even one night. Unfortunately, it does occur more often than not…. especially when a stroke occurs. If you’re lucky it may be as short as a week for a minor stroke if things bounce back fairly...