Improving Life After Stroke Award
This award celebrates those who voluntarily dedicate their time to improving the care and support of stroke survivors in the community. This category is open to stroke survivors, carers, and volunteers who are making a big difference to the lives of survivors and raising awareness of their needs.
Kaddie Alcock (NSW)
Pete Coghlan (WA)
Gudju Gudju (Seith) Fourmile (QLD)
Emma Gee (VIC)
Graeme Hilson (VIC)
Lewis Hoffman (QLD)
Neville Kerr (QLD)
Wendy Lyons (VIC)
Peter Coghlan – Improving Life After Stroke finalist
Looking at Alexander Heights resident Peter Coghlan now, it is hard to believe that just four years ago he was told the only body part he would ever be able to move again was his eyelids.
A catastrophic brain stem stroke had rendered the fit and healthy 33 year old trapped in his own body. In spite of the horrifying situation he had found himself in, Peter didn’t give up and put all his energy into getting out of hospital on his own two feet.
A combination of excellent medical care, Peter’s physical fitness, and a healthy dose of courage and determination meant the young stroke survivor was able to walk out of hospital six months after his stroke – something he was told he would never be able to do.
After achieving the impossible, Peter now uses his own harrowing experience to raise awareness of stroke and give hope to other survivors. Peter regularly gives talks in the community, visits new stroke survivors at his local hospital and has written a book in an effort to help others doing it tough after stroke.
“I didn’t understand stroke before I had one and my experience shows just how very real and common strokes are in younger people. I will continue to tell my story because no should have to walk my road ever.” – Peter Coghlan
Find out more and read about my brilliant co-finalists here: https://strokefoundation.com.au/what-we-do/national-stroke-foundation-awards/improving-life-after-stroke-award#sthash.xK6FkggF.dpuf