Roland’s mantra “you can’t keep a good man down” has certainly played a significant role in the progress he has made since suffering a stroke seven years ago.

Roland’s determination and positive approach has helped him to push through his own recovery and help others who are recovering from a stroke to achieve their goals.

Roland lost his ability to read, spell, write, express himself when talking, and add up numbers following the stroke.  His fine motor skills were also impacted which makes it difficult for him to undertake daily living activities such as getting dressed, grooming, cooking, shopping, and doing things he enjoys such as gardening.

Roland is supported by Everyday Independence occupational therapist Jess, and speech pathologist Zoe with regular therapy sessions. They’ve been working together for the past 12 months to support Roland to improve his daily living skills, independence and communication skills.  During that time, they’ve tailored Roland’s therapy support to meet his growing capacity and independence and have built a strong rapport along the way.

 “I really enjoy being a part of Roland’s support network.  I am inspired by his tenacity, courage and determination to keep working through his challenges and to achieve his goals. His positive approach has played a big part in his recovery and Zoe and I really look forward to seeing him continue to build his confidence and skills” said Jess.

Roland is working on goals related to reading and following a recipe independently to support cooking for him and his wife, enjoying reading the newspaper again, asking for help in shops, and being able to use the supermarket check out during busy times. He is also finding new ways of doing daily tasks such as self-care and increasing his independence.

“I wake up every day and think about my stroke, but I can’t ponder on the past. I need to keep moving forward.  I push myself to the limit with my therapy and I practice my skills every day because I can’t give up. This is part of who I am.  I like to stay positive and focus on my good days.” said Roland.

Roland presents at medical forums about his experience of having a stroke.  He was one of the founding members of Blokes with Strokes Geelong, which is a social support group for men who had a stroke. He volunteers for several hours each week at the Grace MacKellar Centre at Barwon Health, talking with individuals who have recently had a stroke, providing encouragement and inspiration.  You can find out more information about Blokes for Strokes Geelong on The Stroke Association website.

We look forward to hearing more about Roland’s journey and the wonderful work he is doing to support other people recovering from a stroke.