Our Story - The First Week

On the 21st of May 2017, our dad suffered a double stroke. He was having lunch at this sisters house with mum and suddenly looked vacant, with one side of his face beginning to droop. Thankfully Aunty Julie was aware of F.A.S.T and acted very quickly. You may not be aware but the faster you act with stroke, the better the outcome.
An ambulance was called and once at hospital they done a CT scan which confirmed a clot in the frontal lobe of the right hemisphere of his brain.
Upon a failed 'clot blast' he was referred to Monash for a clot retrieval procedure and a stent put into his neck, to which they found the main area of concern was actually at the back of the brain which was missed on initial scanning at the first hospital.
His brain had been through incredible trauma and swelling was inevitable. 
Overnight the swelling got very bad and the head surgeon called us in for a family meeting,
We were faced with the decision of, if we left his brain continue to swell at the rate it is currently, then we needed to go into his room and say goodbye to him as he faced imminent death.
The only way to save him would be for a decompressive craniotomy, to which if performed he may still die and if he did survive he could be severely disabled. The surgeon said the severity of damage did not align with the way Dad was responding.

'Occasionally we have a patient that completely defies the odds' were the words that came from the doctor and my word, didn't he just.

The surgery was performed, after waiting what seemed like all day to be put into theatre.
A complete success. Now they recovery process.

Dad spent a week in ICU, intubated and connected to what seemed to be a million wires.
The ICU team were exceptional, they were brilliant at communicating and kept us in the loop 100% (which can be amiss at times which made the whole process a lot more scarier)

This November, I’m taking part in Stroke Foundation’s Stride4Stroke to help prevent, treat and beat stroke!

Sadly, 1 in 4 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

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, we 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 our team today to support us 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 our Sponsors


Marion Sitter


Kase Anderson


Cass, Nate And Max Cooper

You're amazing Bree! Go #teamsturrock, love the Coopers xxx


Natalie Gill


Kaine Hegarty


The Stephenson Family


Dale Kennedy

Well done Bree, still #teamsturrock


Marlene Sturrock

Good luck girls, we are so proud of you


Lauris Jenkins

Congratulations you’re doing an amazing thing xx


Jennifer Kim And Gary Mann

Go teamsturrock xxx From the Manns.


Fiona & Paul Johnson


Belinda Wagg & Glenn Hildebrand

Great work Breeza!!




Loana & Kismet Marino

Legends xxx



Great cause ❤️❤️❤️


George/caroline Azzopardi

You rock Bree 💞


Kim Mcmillan

Eat the arse out of a low flying Duck xx


Holly Dowsett

Go Breeza you little legend! Love you xx


Brett Little

Good luck Bree!




Claire Heuillet

Thank you for raising awareness around this important issue.


Megan Auld

Go #teamsturrock!! Well done Bree xx


Dani Lee

Go #teamsturrock


Meg Rac

Crush it Girl! 👊


Mandy Tramer

Proud of you girl 😘😘😘 Xxx


Amanda Robertson

Run Laura Run!!



@Bree - so proud that you are taking these brave steps and happy to support you and your family! Well done my friend


Susan Whitehead

Great cause xx


Vesna Zougras

Go Cara!! ❤️


Laura Sitter


Nick Criticos

Well done on a great cause :)


Adam Magnabosco


Sam Shanks

Go Breeza and everyone in Team Sturrock - you're all legends :)


Andy Jeffries

Awesome effort! Glad I could helpyou hit the big 1.2K goal


Renee Caia



Ellen Bannin


Simone Srsen

Will do some steps with you! What a great cause. Love you x


Lauren Tate

You can do it 👊😘


Raychel Ricca


Eden Sinclair

Love your work babe, keep it up!


David Snow

On ya Breezer! Go hard #teamsturrock



Well done Bree


Christie Delauney


Becky Barnes

Go #teamsturrock you guys are legends!


Jess H


Channy Mcgowan

Get them glute exercises happening to avoid hip strain lovelies! <3


Graeme Ellis

Go #teamsturrock


Sarah Fisher + Charlie Fisher

You're amazing Bree! We love you! Love Sarah and Charlie Fisher


Holly Howes

Such an important cause! Amazing effort Bree xxx



You got this girl. Love you and thanks for always supporting my crazy ideas xx


Cassandra Evans



Amazing effort!


Cara Valentine


Siân Hegarty

#teamsturrock all the way Xx



It’s not much, but every little bit counts. I’ve followed your dad’s journey and have felt your pain. I hope you exceed your goal. You are a very good egg Cara ❤️


Dylan Rosenzweig

Go my lil sweet potato!!