The Stroke Journey

There are approximately over 6,000 stroke episodes each year. Being told you or someone close to you has had a stroke can be overwhelming and sometimes devastating, but remember, you are not alone, there is always help available. (Statistic source: National Registry of Diseases Office)

A stroke survivor often travels down the path of various stages in their stroke journey, including:

  1. Initial shock
    Going from being physically healthy one day to suddenly experiencing new and frightening sensations like numbness, weakness, immobility and the inability to speak coherently, can have a strong psychological and emotional impact on the stroke survivor and their family members.

    Overcoming the initial shock is the hardest part and can often take a significant amount of time to come to terms with the fact.

  2. Denial
    When a stroke occurs, the individual often has to give up several aspects of life before a stroke, including the simplest of daily routine. This can very often lead to denying the loss of independence and the need to focus on recovery.

  3. Roller coaster of emotions
    Stress, anxiety, frustration, resentment and depression are a few of many emotional reactions that stroke survivors will exhibit due to the loss of independence and control of motor skills. Such negative emotions can affect the overall well-being of the stroke survivor and impact their road to recovery.

  4. Unrealistic expectations
    What were once simple daily activities have become major challenges for the stroke survivor, yet there is a belief that these challenges can be overcome quickly with an intensive rehabilitation programme. Thus begins the ‘bargaining’ with healthcare providers and family over how the treatment and rehabilitation should be sped up in order to return to their normal way of life.

  5. Acceptance
    This is a stage when stroke survivors have come to terms with their condition and are able to accept the necessary course of recovery and are able to embrace the best methods to cope.

  6. Regaining control
    Stroke survivors can thrive on the positive environment in which they live in; which can ultimately empower them to regain control of their mental and emotional health in order to gain improvement in their physical rehabilitation programme.

    Caregivers and family members play a critical role in helping stroke survivors gain control of their lives as they embark on a journey towards progressive recovery.

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