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My name is Jayson Killick and I am a 40 year old male Stroke Survivor. I am from Portland Victoria Australia.
I had my Stroke in March 2010 at the age of 35, my stroke was classified as an Internal Capsule Stroke involving the mini vessels in the brain. I was paralyzed from head to toe spending 8 weeks in Warrnambool Base Hospital which is an hour from my home, during this 8 weeks I went through intense Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and rehabilitation 5 days a week for the 8 weeks.
I am managed to recover to the point I was able to be discharged to home and continue my rehabilitation at my local hospital. Upon returning home I found there was no Stroke Support Group for me to have access to support, it was at this time I made it my mission to begin the Portland Stroke Support Group once I felt I was ready and on 04 March 2011 the Portland Stroke Support Group came alive with the first meeting and today we are still going strong.
In 2012 I was invited by the National Stroke Foundation to become a StrokeSafe Ambassador which involves visiting community groups and schools to talk about my personal experience with StrokeSafe and teach thEm what a Stroke is, how to recognise F.A.S.T (Face Arms Speech Time) and what to do when someone is having a Stroke.
I am now a strong advocate for Stroke Survivors, Carers and families by taking the fight for funding to the government and better services. In 2014 I was awarded the National Stroke Foundation – Improving Life After Stroke Award which I accepted with pride on behalf of all Stroke Survivors and Families.
If anyone needs advice or support with advocating for Stroke Survivors and Carers or setting up a Stroke Support Group you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org