• May 2024

    What an amazing month May turned out to be!!! An enormous thank you to my husband John for driving down to Melbourne and back to attend the 2024 Stroke Awards!!! It was well worth the journey as I received the Courage Award, a national award I am honoured to have been chosen!!! ABC Illawarra radio had me on their Wednesday Illawarra Breakfast program at 7:30am with Melinda James, great to have a chat and meet Melinda.

    Around the middle of the month, I attended Five Islands College with Living Books. An excellent group of students and very friendly staff!!! Another great month of guests on Ability Matters – look us up on Utube or Spotify to hear some awesome interviews. Attended Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre’s Biggest Morning Tea which had a beautiful spread of delicious food, gigantic thank you to all the volunteers that worked tirelessly to prepare everything!!! Finished of the month with participation in the Stroke Research for Nature based Design Workshop, massive thanks to Louisa for organising a space for us at UOW.

  • April 2024

    After receiving the exciting news that a was a finalist for the Courage Award at the 2024 Stroke Awards, I was elated!!! Majority of the month was taken up with preparations for accommodation, sending through a Bio and Picture to go in the Booklet at the ceremony and general excitement as the time grew close to head down to Melbourne where the Head Office and Awards were held. A massive thank you to Nicky (CEO) at Community Industry Group, Lilian (President) at Vox FM and my husband John for the nominations, much appreciated!!!

    Since January 2024, I have been assisting Nick on his campaign to provide access into Beverley Whitfield Pool at Shellharbour. Using my previous knowledge with Unanderra Train Station, I have been supporting him in his advocacy to Shellharbour Council for this very important inclusion to a public facility. I participated in Consumer Feedback on the ASSET Stroke Project and organised the guests to interview on the weekly Ability Matters program on Vox FM and filled in as Program Presenter for a colleague as he was unwell.

    Rounded out the month attending a staff training day at Edmond Rice College with Living Books. Format was a little different speaking with the teachers instead of students although I enjoyed it thoroughly and had a great morning talking with a wonderful group of people!!!

  • March 2024

    I kicked off the month of March with assistance to Vox FM on their Cadbury chocolate fundraiser, selling both in the community and on my Altered Abilities market stall at Warrawong Markets on Saturdays. Each Saturday, Altered Abilities holds a stall at the Warrawong Markets to raise awareness in the community and provide people an opportunity to purchase my book…. Shit!!  I’m 26 and had a Stroke, my personal experience on the challenges, emotions and dealing with long term hospitalisation.

    Continuation of my weekly co-host role on Ability Matters took place each Tuesday with Tony and Alan – awesome team talking about services available for the community to connect with and a great selection of music make a wonderful program. I had the pleasure of a fill in presenter 3 times in the month with regular hosts unable to make it for their usual programs – a massive THANK YOU to VOX FM for their confidence in my ability and support to present!!!

    The Stroke Foundation put out the call for participation in a review of their Stroke Strategy as well as input into the current Diet after Stroke factsheet. I felt valued for my feedback and contribution with a great group of people that each brought their own special insights to the conversation.

    Late in the month the first Living Books for 2024 took place at Elenora Montessori School. I really enjoyed chatting with the wonderful young students for the morning and catching up with team at Wollongong City Council at lunch afterwards. An excellent way to wrap up the month before the Easter Long Weekend.

    2024 Chocolate Fundraiser was a massive success!
    Saturday’s at Warrawong Markets – weather permitting
    Awesome opportunity to fill in as a presenter!!!
    Consumer feedback
    Outstanding resilience program

  • February 2024

    February began with a new Access Campaign I have been asked to help out with – Beverley Whitfield Pool at Shellharbour. It’s a great cause that I am happy to assist and pass on whatever knowledge I can. We held a meeting with 4 Shellharbour Councillors to discuss options to install a ramp into the pool. My Ability Matters co-hosting continued every Tuesday at 12pm on Vox FM – we had some great interviews that you can listen to on Spotify or UTube by looking up Ability Matters.

    Early in the month I was ecstatic my Psychological Health and Wellbeing Article was released on the Young Stroke Project Website, click on the link to read. Late last year, I had taken part in reviewing the Upper Limb Fact Sheet for the Stroke Foundationfinal checks were made on the changes made before the update is printed and released on the Website.

    I am helping to create some videos with the ASSET Project to demonstrate out of the box thinking with daily taskswatch this space for more details as they develop. Sunday Markets at Warrawong will take place on the last week of each month, I attended and had a great day networking as well as engaging with people that came on the day. Special thank you to Jeff for all his help providing shade and a seat at my stall.

    My month ended with a bang, being asked to participate in Stroke Research with a focus on Nature in Rehabilitation. My insights gave some information as to how important nature was in the process of my recovery and creating spaces for people to connect with on their own personal journeys.

    Lived experience and connecting people with services

    Helping those under 65 connect with services and support

    Warrawong Markets

    Saturdays from 7am

  • January 2024

    The new year kicked off with a bang, co-hosting Ability Matters on Vox FM right at the start of the month then weekly as usual. We had a great mix of lived experience interviews and services helping those in the community. I continued my weekly sessions of Presenter Training to operate the panel while on radio. The Ability Matters Team met up to discuss our direction for 2024.

    I worked on updating logs and creating new materials to keep track of stock and ordering for Altered Abilities. The article with the Young Stroke Project was finalised and I spoke about creating some videos showing people how to complete tasks by thinking out of the box after my Stroke. My advocacy skills were sought to assist with a campaign to provide access to users of the Beverley Whitfield Pool at Shellharbour, I am now assisting with this campaign.

    I was honoured to be nominated and attend the inaugural City of Wollongong Awards Ceremony (formerly Australia Day Awards) and absolutely blown away to receive 1 of 4 Lord Mayor Awards for Recognition of Advocacy in the area of Diversity and Inclusion. My month ended as it began, with a massive bang when I was provided the opportunity to complete my Presenter Training as a Learner Driver on air at Vox FM. Thank you to my trainer, John for his confidence in my ability.

    Tune in Tuesdays at Midday
    Altered Abilities Logo
    Creating Positive Change
    Lord Mayors Award at the Inaugural City of Wollongong Awards
  • December 2023

    The last month of the year started catching up on administration and my regular weekly Ability Matters co-hosting on Vox FM. Living Books held their combined 15-year celebration and Christmas dinner for all the participants. I was honoured to take part in Wollongong Council’s Diversity Training speaking with new employees about my personal journey after a brain stem Stroke. Time was spent toward the middle and end of the month working on my article for the Young Stroke Project.

    I continued my Presenter Training at Vox FM and got extremely excited to join my trainer for some on the job training while he was on the air. Ability Matters Podcast can be viewed on U Tube or Spotify or alternatively you can listen live every Tuesday at 12pm. Catch some great tunes in between interviews connecting people with local services or hearing about the daily challenges and resilience of people with living with Altered Abilities.

    Great combined 15 year celebration and Christmas Dinner
    Every Tuesday on 106.9 Vox FM at 12pm

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