What advice would you give yourself in those early days after your stroke?

Young stroke survivors share advice they would give themselves in those early days after stroke.

Some of the topics discussed will get you thinking about your own experiences. If you feel any distress, talk with someone you trust—perhaps a family member, friend, or your doctor. If you need support, information or advice StrokeLine’s health professionals are available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, AEST. Call StrokeLine on 1800 787 653 or email strokeline@strokefoundation.org.au. Lifeline is available 24 hours a day on 13 11 44.

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Video transcript

Letisha: Give it time. Just give it time. Be patient. Don’t be hard on yourself. My biggest thing was being so hard on myself. So just give it time.

Paul: Probably, to try and say, okay, what happened has happened, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Sue: Oh darling. It’s gonna be a long ride.

Lisa: It will get better. It will improve. Don’t try to rush it.

Michael: I probably would have said to myself back then, you know what Michael. Your life has changed. And, you won’t be able to go back to your previous life. Mainly in a professional sense. That probably would have helped me, because, I could have started thinking about a different direction from a career perspective.

Bethany: Probably, recovery is going to be long, and a b*** to deal with. But, you’ll get there in the end.