RAISING AWARENESS: National Stroke Week is coming up.
RAISING AWARENESS: National Stroke Week is coming up. Carly Cullen

Stroke of luck for these survivors

FIVE years ago Shelagh Brennand suffered from a stroke.

The Caloundra resident is now a Stroke Foundation Strokesafe ambassador, author of A Stroke of Poetry and motivational speaker.

In light of Stroke Week from September 3 - 9, Ms Brennand organised a pop-up stall on The Esplanade, Bulcock Beach to spread awareness of stroke prevention and survival.

"This year's message is all about being healthy, exercising and eating well.

"Anything to prevent strokes, as 80 per cent of strokes are actually preventable,” she said.

Ms Brennand has created her own acronym BE BRAVE, which she hopes people will be able to use and remember for stroke prevention: Blood pressure management, Exercising regularly, Being stroke free, Reducing alcohol intake, Awareness of stroke and child stroke, Visit the GP for a health check and Eating well.

"I thought of BE BRAVE because sometimes people don't know how to make that step towards a healthier lifestyle.

"It's about being brave and helping people get onto that road to be healthy,” said Ms Brennand.

Living Life After Stroke is the Caloundra young stroke survivors support group and members joined the event to share their stories.

"But it's all worth it, I'm just glad that I can give back after my stroke,” said Ms Brennand.

SandBar Cafe Caloundra also supported the event by donating $1 to the Stroke Foundation for every coffee sold on the day.

For more information, contact Shelagh Brennand on astrokeofpoetry @gmail.com, or visit strokefoundation.org.au.



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