This week has celebrated World Stroke Day and during the last couple of weeks BTAA (Brain Tumour Alliance Australia) held ‘Hat’ days to bring awareness to their association and to those they care for; sufferers of brain tumours.
Rotary also was promoting mental health awareness with a Hat day (see photo below). As I have suffered from both a stroke and a brain tumour, I want to support both associations. I must admit I did not approach either for the first two years after my illness, but now, as I have made a remarkable recovery, I want to support all groups that are trying to bring awareness and support to those who have suffered from these two life threatening illnesses.
The National Stroke Foundation is asking all of those who have been effected by a stroke (whether they or their loved ones have suffered from this trauma) to lobby the Federal Government for funding for their National Action Plan for Stroke. The number of women suffering from a stroke is greater than the number suffering from breast cancer and the number of men is far greater than the number suffering from prostate cancer. It is definitely time for Government to make a stand and provide the necessary funding.
If you are in Australia and would like to contact your Federal local member, the Stroke Foundation has made it easy. You can simply type in your postcode and the local member and their mailing address pops up. There are even a couple of sample letters that you can use.
The Hat Day that BTAA held was their way to raise some funds and provide awareness. I had a small group of friends join me for lunch and wear a hat (see photo above). We may not have collected a huge amount of money, but at this stage, every small amount helps.
If you want to know more about either of these groups or send them a donation, you can contact them via their websites.
Brain Tumour Alliance – http://www.btaa.org.au/
National Stroke Foundation – http://strokefoundation.com.au/
Hints and Tips
Make contact with the appropriate association to help you through your struggles while trying to cope with a serious illness. Don’t be too proud or think that an association is of no value to you. It is a two way street. They may be able to support and help you and you may be able to assist them and those they look after. It is during these tough times that we all need to be aware of the suffering of others, including our family and ourselves.