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The “Miracle girl!” - Tasneem Kriel

Before my stroke I was a very happy healthy and in love 23-year-old woman excited for my pending wedding day. My world came crashing down on the 13 June 2009 while out with my “then” fiancé having lunch. I complained about a migraine. After lunch he noticed I was losing my balance, so he decided to take me to the nearest hospital.

Stroke survivors still have everything to offer!

“I think this is going to be the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” I remember whispering to a friend. It had been two weeks since my stroke. I was still in hospital, waiting for a transfer to a rehab facility, where I’d begin the long process of managing my new reality.

"I should have known" - George Mabasa

On 22 June 2013, George Mabasa, a 39-year-old male was spending time with friends, when in an attempt to go to the bathroom, he was astonished to find his left leg unable to take a step.  He felt it glued to the floor and noticed that he was sweating profusely.  

FLATLINE TO FINISHLINE

LINDSAY DIBOWITZ – HEART ATTACK SURVIVOR On the morning of the 15th of March 2008, six days after giving birth to my third child I went into full cardiac arrest for 97 minutes. I was resuscitated with a defibulator 9 times.  I was 34 years old and it happened at my home in front of my kids and husband. I had a very rare disorder called SCAD (spontaneous cardiac artery dissection) otherwise known as SUDDEN DEATH SYNDROME. No one saw it coming.

A heart attack and so much more

My name is Dale Williams and I became diabetic at the tender age of 25 - I developed a thirst. My father passed away from diabetic complications therefore I am well aware of the causes, effects and predispositions affecting me.  Over the years I developed complications of my own such as a heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure which opened me up to another long list of risks.

That life changing memory etched in my mind forever - Mpho Mkhale

The 12th of December 2014, will be etched in Mpho Mkhale’s memory as the day that changed her life forever as it started off with a dizzy spell while in the lavatory one day at a work presentation.  Colleagues came to assist her as soon as she managed to get out of the loo.  The ambulance arrived and the next thing Mpho remembered was waking up in the hospital where she was told she had suffered a stroke. Mpho suffered immobility on the left side of her body and received a great deal of rehabilitation from speech, occupational and physiotherapists. 

Receiving fast treatment saved me - Kay Subramanian

On 28 September 2014 I was invited to my son’s home for a birthday party. I was totally well but after an hour I felt hot and tired. I told them I am going upstairs to lay down. I battled to find a comfortable position to sleep. 10 minutes later my daughter came to check on me. 

Suffering a stroke at 19 years old - Bianca Damon

My name is Bianca Damon and on the 3rd of March 2015 I suffered a sudden stoke at the tender age at 19. 

Graham's story - The illness of Sheila my wife and her passing

I thought I might write this article following my wife Sheila’s passing last November because it may be helpful to others who are feeling the pain of losing a loved one. It can be comforting to talk about one’s experiences and feelings at these times.

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