National Stroke Week: Beckenham stroke survivor’��s warning

Stroke suvivor Graham Hughes and his wife Chris.Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d443542
Stroke suvivor Graham Hughes and his wife Chris.Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d443542

BEFORE his stroke, Beckenham resident Graham Hughes thought he was invincible.

Six years on, he is using his experiences to warn people to make sure they look after themselves.

Mr Hughes became a stroke ambassador for National Stroke Week (September 14-20) following his stroke six years ago.

He said he was working a highly stressful job, drank too much and was overweight.

He said it eventually happened at midnight one night.

“Timing was critical,” he said.

“My wife called an ambulance and within a small amount of time, I made it to Royal Perth Hospital.”

The stroke gave then 59-year-old the wake-up call he needed and now, at 65, he is much more aware of the importance of healthy living.

He encouraged people to make sure they lost weight drank in moderation and did not smoke, but at the same time, still lived their life.

“You don’t think it is ever going to happen to you,” Mr Hughes said. “I thought I was bulletproof.”

Mr Hughes and his wife Chris are both ambassadors for National Stroke Week.

The pair used the week to get the message out, including visits to shopping centres as far as Rockingham and Westfield Carousel to hand out information pamphlets.

They said they focused on people from the 40-50 age group because that was when people could make a difference.

Log on to the Stroke Foundation’s website for more information.