Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Stroke Victim Puts Her Faith in TRUST

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Stroke Victim Puts Her Faith in TRUST

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Byline: Peter Hardwick peterh @thechronicle.com.au

AS a survivor of three strokes, Maureen Elliott knows a bit about the subject and how best to get on with life after such a setback.

Part of that is being a member of TRUST, a Toowoomba group for stroke survivors and carers who share their experiences and help each other enjoy life to the full.

"I have had three strokes in 20 years," Maureen explained.

"I had my first stroke at 46 and I didn't drink or smoke and I was thin and fit.

"But I did work hard.

"The doctors said hard work won't kill you, but they never said anything about having a stroke."

Keeping a sense of humour is also important to recovering from stroke which often means having to learn to walk, talk and read again.

In getting their message across to the wider community, TRUST members convey some worrying and surprising statistics, such as:

* This year alone about 60,000 Australians will have a stroke;

* Stroke kills more women than breast cancer;

* Close to 20% of all strokes occur to those in the under 55 bracket. …

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