Stroke survivor wants to help
Thursday, 23rd June, 2011
A local stroke survivor wants to start a new support group for fellow stroke victims.
Three years ago Rob Jones suffered three strokes at the age of 44.
After rehabilitation he moved back to Broken Hill where he had support from his ex-girlfriend and his son.
He said he went to a support group in the city bute didn’t feel like he fitted in.
“They were a lot older than I am and I felt out of place,” Mr Jones said.
He now wants to hold a support group for people under the age of 60.
“I want to do it in a place where you feel welcome, like at a hotel or cafe or something.
“I don’t want to do it where you meet once a month. I’ll ring up once a fortnight and say ‘where would you like to go?’.”
Mr Jones said it will be more like a social gathering and will be about making friends.
“When I was in rehab, I saw people my age coming through. People don’t realise, there are quite a few in Broken Hill around my age who have had a stroke.
“I’m putting my hand out here to help.”
Mr Jones still suffers from memory loss, has lost feeling in one hand, has trouble speaking fluently and has been prone to nervous breakdowns.
“I don’t class myself as a victim. I’m a survivor. That is how I perceive myself,” he said.
“I want all victims to realise, what it is and move on. Yesterday is gone but today is here.”
Sticking with that belief, Mr Jones said he can now run again and has taken up umpiring B-grade and junior football games.
“I completely love it. It has motivated me to get back.”
For more information about the stroke support group, phone 0428 155 739.