Ambassadors for the Stroke Foundation

AmbassadorWhen I had my stroke, I was totally unaware that the Stroke Foundation even existed. I was certainly not given any information that could lead to me knowing about support that may be available. It was not until I launched my book ‘Thank God I Had a Stroke’, at Parliament House by the Secretary to the Minister for Health,  that both the Stroke Foundation and the Brain Tumour Alliance of Australia attended; that made me familiar with these two associations.

Later, I was invited to a meeting with a member of the Stroke Foundation and realised that I may be able to help promote the Foundation. I was already involved in a number of speaking engagements and was letting people know that the F.A.S.T. program (run by the foundation) was the reason that my husband, Peter, rang for an ambulance for me.

Both Peter and I were invited to be Ambassadors for the Stroke Foundation and were given a two day training workshop on what was expected of Ambassadors and what information it was important for us to share to increase the awareness of the public to this devastating medical problem.

They provided Power Point information for us to use if we wished, plus a portable flip chart. We were also given a great deal of flyers, fridge magnets, pens etc. that could be handed out. There were feedback forms and assessment flyers where those attending the talks could complete and take to their doctors to have a stroke risk assessment.

The Stroke Foundation were often requested to provide speakers and they, in turn, contacted Ambassadors who lived in reasonable proximity. But I was also approaching such groups as libraries, hospitals and Rotary clubs. Peter and I were doing a great deal to inform the public and make them aware of the risks and what could be done to reduce those risks.

I found the entire exercise very rewarding for me and am sure that it sped up my recovery as it certainly made me feel more confident and increased my self esteem.

Hints and Tips

If you suffer from such a thing as a stroke or brain tumour, make sure you ask early on for contacts to associations that assist and support those suffering. Hospitals should know who and where to go for assistance.

27 thoughts on “Ambassadors for the Stroke Foundation

  1. Bill

    I hope you are doing well. My nephew had a stroke a few years back, at the age of 18. Needless to say, it was a shock for my family, and he ended up being diagnosed, after many tests, of having vasculitis. It was a scary time for us, but he has been doing great for a few years now, and looks like he’s out of the woods. I would have never thought that a big, strong, 18 year old, could have a stroke, but I learned a lot from the experience.

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    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      Bill, you would be amazed at how many young people suffer from a stroke. I met a woman a couple of weeks ago and her 8 month old granddaughter just had a stroke. There is even a case of a baby in the womb having a stroke. So pleased to hear that you nephew is doing well now.

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  2. james

    You do such amazing work at raising awareness about strokes and the ability to overcome their sometimes devastating effects. I know in the future you;ll continue to spread your positive message.

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  3. Richard Harris

    Suffering a stroke can not only destroy your own life but others around you. A terrible thing to happen and anything or anybody that can support these unfortunate people is wonderful.

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  4. Jane

    Great article. Having a stroke is a life changing event. A relative of mine recently had a stroke and is still recovering twelve months after the event. Best to offer a high level of empathy and assistance to make it more bearable.

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  5. sarah keating

    You really turned something bad that happened to you into a very positive and uplifting life experience. I admire that very much.

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  6. JaymoPols

    It’s so encouraging to learn of stories like this in which a serious health emergency turns into such a positive and life changing experience, and so inspirational to others.

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  7. Chris W.

    It is nice to know that there is support out there if you have suffered from a stroke. Support is essential for Stroke patients and their families. I am glad that you are spreading the word about this disease.

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  8. greg bilser

    This sounds like a really marvellous charity that is providing much needed help for people. I wish you every success.

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  9. Shirley Smith

    All widespread causes have some ambassadors or similar officers – it’s just a matter of finding them. Stroke, being one of the most common does have quite a few and with the Internet, it’s definitely a good idea to look out for them and seek advice when needed.

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  10. sam ross

    I think people like you are very brave to raise awareness because some people i know who have had strokes have become very self centered and bitter.

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    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      Unfortunately this attitude is more common than we realise – it is such a waste of energy and time!

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  11. Ana B.

    I admire the work you do in promoting stroke awareness. It is really important to get more people aware of the signs of stroke, and the process of recovery that is involved. I wasn’t aware that the Stroke Foundation existed either, until you just mentioned it, so clearly you are getting the word out!

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  12. Larissa Brunken

    What a wonderful charity. My grandma and aunt have both suffered strokes and were never offered any resources. I wish hospitals made people more aware of these charities.

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    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      So do I Larissa. As a Stroke Foundation Ambassador I have been giving talks to hospitals and that is one thing I have been pushing “Hand out material telling sufferers and their carers who to contact and how – for assistance towards recovery”.

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  13. Zach S

    What a great way to use what happened to you as a benefit for others. This is great stuff. As others have said, people don’t go out of their way to help many when they themselves have a stroke, they keep quiet about it.

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  14. Patrick Hamblin

    My father had a stroke, and he’s never been the same since. Wish we had known about organizations like this earlier. But it’s good to know there are people like you out there, Barbara. Thank you.

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  15. Cheyenne Leo

    what a great foundation. I have a high risk of stroke myself, due to migraines that cause severe swelling in my brain. it’s nice to see foundations like this around!

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  16. hamilton bryan

    A great charity. The Stroke Foundation help a lot and do an excellent job; I admire the work they do very much, good luck

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  17. John Harding

    I find all of your articles very inspiring. All-in-all, being involved, keeping active, engaged, and informed is a great way to move yourself along the road to recovery. I really do like the idea of being an ambassador, though, to something health-oriented that you have been afflicted by. A stroke, especially.

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  18. DiAnne L.

    I am glad that there are programs to help, especially when you are going through something as traumatic as you are.

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