Emma Gee works at the NSF as a Project Officer in the stroke support area. Emma survived a stroke at 24 years of age, this experience, along with her career knowledge as an Occupational Therapist enables Emma to offer a candid and honest view on what it is like for those affected by stroke and how the new StrokeConnect online forum can help.
I understand the support stroke survivors and carers receive following a stroke can assist in the road to recovery. Following my own experience, I am passionate about enhancing stroke support and am committed to growing and fostering a supportive online community with a new NSF initiative called StrokeConnect.
StrokeConnect is an online forum, that provides a safe place to build connections with others who have a similar experience, pose questions, find answers, stimulate new discussions, get information and share stories. It enables people to meet others affected by stroke without having to leave their home.
Throughout my own recovery I’ve had amazing support, but realised it can still be tough.
The prospect of other stroke survivors tackling this journey on their own really scares me. I am so pleased to be part of the StrokeConnect initiative, as it enables everyone involved to feel they have support from others who understand their situation.
StrokeConnect offers support to anyone affected by the aftermath of stroke. For example, I think people underestimate how huge a carer’s role is in any stroke survivors journey, without them we’d be so lost, but StrokeConnect is designed to support them too.
It’s great to hear that other people are dealing with the same problem, just to hop online and vent about a problem and for someone at the other end to really understand. The fact that we can access this support without getting out of our pjs, facing the bad weather and relying on the support of another to take you out, makes it so much easier for all.
Our aim is that StrokeConnect continues to grow and becomes a valuable and essential element of peer support for stroke survivors, carers and others impacted by stroke.
StrokeConnect can reduce the impact stroke has on so many lives purely by enabling people to share and connect.
I strongly encourage anyone touched by stroke to get online, register and be part of the discussion.
StrokeConnect online can be viewed at http://www.strokefoundation.com.au/strokeconnect/