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John M.


A battle for 3 years still continues

I had a heart attack on Christmas Day.....and sadly, all my Christmases came at once!

My stroke followed a heart attack I had on Christmas Day, 2009. I went to the nearest hospital were doctors determined that I needed a triple bypass. I knew there was a chance that things could go wrong, but I never considered it would happen to me.

I had the triple bypass operation on December 28, but it was so messy the surgeons had to what they called a redo. I hovered between life and death for about a week before making my recovery. I was told the stroke happened during one of the two bypass operations. There were further complications that saw me in four hospitals for almost four months.

I was a sole PR practitioner prior to the stroke, and by the time I returned home my business had totally collapsed. I was assisted by an SA federal politician, who offered me part time work as his speech writer, and that played a major role in staying solvent.

The stroke has affected the right side of my body, and left me extremely weak physically. Since the stroke we have sold our house in Adelaide and moved to Kyneton, an hour's drive NW of Melbourne, where our two children live plus two wonderful grandchildren.

Life remains tough, but my wonderful wife, Julie, has been my tower of strength throughout my ordeal. She is simply amazing and deserves a medal!

My greatest thrill was persuading my federal politician colleague to give a speech in Parliament about stroke. I wrote the speech in conjunction with the National Stroke Foundation of Australia. It was given in the national Senate on September 12.

I tell my story on a daily blog located at http://www.strokefoundation.com.au/strokeconnect/viewtopic.php?f=216&t=1668


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