My Activity Tracking
My target 200kms
Just a little over half way through and I am ahead of schedule! 122km down and 78km to go!!
Again from the bottom of my heart I want to thank everyone that has donated and thank everyone that has been walking along side me. All your love and support is truly wonderful and means the world to me. It enables me to honour my incredibly beautiful Mum.
As part of #Stride4Stroke I want to be able to help spread awareness and educate people about Stroke.
So What is Stroke?
- A stroke is the way we describe the blood supply to the brain being suddenly cut off.
- Blood travels to the brain in blood vessels, called arteries.
- This can happen in two ways: Blood can stop moving through the artery when it gets blocked by a clot - or when the artery bursts.
- Brain cells can quickly die without the oxygen that the blood supplies.
- This is why it is so important to get to hospital immediately if you think you are having a stroke because it is possible there may be some cells that can survive if you are treated quickly.
How does it affect people?
- Because the brain controls everything we do - the way we think, move, speak, eat – stroke can leave people with a wide range of physical and cognitive changes and disabilities.
- Some of the effects can include paralysis, speech and swallowing difficulties, problems with memory, hearing and eyesight – it all depends on where in the brain the stroke occurs and how severe it is.
Who is at risk?
- Men or women – stroke can happen to anyone – it does not discriminate.
- Age group – risk factors increase with age but stroke occurs at all ages.
What are some of the causes of stroke?
- There are many causes or risk factors, some are controllable and some are less so.
- Some of the causes within our control include high blood pressure, a family history of stroke, being overweight, smoking, high cholesterol, a high intake of alcohol and diabetes.
- TIA, or mini-stroke, is also an indicator of a future stroke so it’s important to know what it is and seek help immediately.
What are the signs of an impending stroke?
- There is an easy way for everyone to recognise the signs of stroke: FAST
- Face – has the person’s face drooped?
- Arms – can the person raise both arms?
- Speech – is their speech slurred?
- Time – call 000 immediately.
What should you do if you suspect a stroke?
- Call an ambulance immediately.
- Time lost = brain lost.
These are the basic facts around stroke and I know there are plenty of conditions and diseases out there that occur everyday but Stroke is extremely prevelent in our community and it is so incredibly easy to reduce your risk by either cutting risk factors such as smoking and alcohol out or adding in exercise and healthy nutrition.
The financial cost of stroke in Australia is estimated to be $5 billion each year.
In 2017, funding for stroke research through the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) represented just 4.0 percent of the total investment in medical research.
So if you can spare just $5, a takeaway coffe for the week to this foundation so we can help fund research and help survivors of stroke and their family that would be so amazing!
Mum was such an incredible person she taught me independence and showed incredible strength. She really was my idol and biggest inspiration and not an hour goes by that she isn't in my thoughts I miss her terribly.
Lots of love always
I wanted to write this blog post to send out an enormous thank you to everyone that has donated to this cause so far! The support, love and donations have been overhwleming and it truly means the absolute world to me. My determination to complete as many kilometre's as I can in November has increased so much because of the support I have gotten.
Its the weekend before I start my walking and I really want to take the time to explain why this is so important to me. My Mum was so incredible- we really were best friends. And because of her stroke I never got the chance to say goodbye, I never got to tell her how much she was loved and how important she was to me one last time. There were no warning signs- one minute here the next she was not. Thats the thing about stroke it does NOT discriminate young or old male or female stroke can happen to anyone at any age.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded that Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Australia. In 2015, there were 10,869 stroke fatalities in Australia, accounting for 6.8% of all deaths.
And not only is it one of the leading causes of death its also one of the leading causes of disability. Surviving a stroke is only just the beginning- and thats why I am here doing Stride4Stroke because our stroke survivors need help, support and through the Stroke Foundation they can get the much needed help that they will most likely need for the rest of their life. Many survivors need ongoing Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy- it is so much to take on for the survivors and their families.
The Stroke foundation also helps fund research for our medical professionals to learn about Stroke.
Mums all time favourite saying is "Everything happens for a reason" and losing her to stroke I am not sure there will be a reason for that but what I do know now is that I can make a difference in spreading awareness about Stroke and help people learn strategies and help prevent Stroke from happening in our community.
Please help me #fightstroke this November and donate even $1 to this cause it truly will change the lives of people out there affected by Stroke. Donating is important but please make sure you get outside and try and get your 30 minutes of exercise a day- simple exercise is the biggest and easiest change you can make to prevent Stroke.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart x.
My beautiful Mum
Earlier this year my beautiful Mum tragically passed away at only 50 years old. She passed away in her sleep from a brain bleed, a stroke. Unfortunately Mums stroke was so big she couldnt survive. I miss her every single day. She had no warning signs, one day she was here the next she wasn't. I live every single day fully because of her now, do everything I want to do, because you never know what tomorrow brings. I will encourage everyone to live a healthy fulfilling life. Every 9 minutes a stroke attacks the brain of someone in Australia, but a lot can be stopped, please donate to #Stride4Stroke this November to stop stroke in its tracks.
I am taking part in the Stroke Foundation’s Stride4Stroke to help Fight Stroke!
Stroke attacks the brain- the human control centre, changing lives in an instant. The impact of stroke can be devastating for the individual and the family. But stroke’s impact doesn’t need to be this great, research indicates that around 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
So, I need your help to Fight Stroke. It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s nothing compared to those who are impacted by stroke. Please sponsor me today to support me and together we can Fight Stroke!
Your donation will help the Stroke Foundation support those affected right now and fund research to help prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery. Thank you.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Kerry & Linton Drever
Kerrie & Kevin Brown
Marita & Denis
Maja & Lana Rancev
Em & Jess Drever
Jane & Russell Brown
Joey Danicic And Jackie
Lisa Johnson - Governance