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Stroke of good news helps save the day

Monday, 2nd March, 2020

June Marie Bennett with all the new Stroke merchandise she will be sharing around Broken Hill. PICTURE: Emily McInerney June Marie Bennett with all the new Stroke merchandise she will be sharing around Broken Hill. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

Broken Hill’s June-Marie Bennett has received a whole new batch of Stroke Awareness merchandise after the Stroke Foundation read about her recent episode.

The BDT spoke with June earlier in the year after she revealed a bookmark about recognising the signs of stroke saved her life.

June said she was having an off day in December last year and thought it may have been just due to the heat.

She was struggling to write a Christmas card and speak to her husband.

It wasn’t until she looked in the mirror she saw her mouth was all twisted.

“My face had drooped,” she said.

It was then that June remembered an old bookmark that she keeps in her purse.

“I remember reading it and it was the signs to recognise if you are having a stroke (“Face. Arms. Speech. Time”).

June and her husband quickly called an ambulance and they rushed her to hospital.

“I’m really grateful for the FAST information. That saved me.”

Since the article ran in the BDT, June said she was contacted by the Stroke Foundation in Victoria.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the response,” she said.

“I was contacted by the headquarters of the Stroke Foundation after the story had reached them.

“They thanked me for making it known to the public and said I needed some new merchandise.

“So they sent me up a whole envelope filled with bookmarks, posters and cards you can keep in your wallet or purse.

“There’s also a number for StrokeLine which helps provide information on stroke prevention, treatment, recovery and support.

“They were delighted it had reached the paper, and were really lovely to talk to.”

June said she will be handing out her new bookmarks and has already replaced the old one.

(For more information visit the Stroke Foundation website or contact StrokeLine on 1800 787 653. If you think you are having a stroke contact 000).

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