It’s been two years since Jean Hoare hit her lowest point, when she blurted out to her husband, David: “I wish I’d died”.
She had every reason to be feeling distressed. After a massive stroke, her right side was paralysed. She struggled to put words together. She couldn’t dress herself, couldn’t cook, couldn’t walk more than a few steps.
“I’m usually a pretty positive person but I had a meltdown,” Jean told the Gazette last week. “I couldn’t bear the thought that David would have to look after me for the rest of my life.”
After her meltdown, and a few choice words from David in reply, she decided to stop feeling sorry for herself and get on with things.
“I was thinking of starting a support group, but I thought do I really need that hassle in my life. Then I thought what else am I going to do?
“I can’t do anything physical but I can think. My mind’s still pretty sharp.”
She says the group has given her a purpose. She’s met a lot of interesting people and they learn from one another.
The Warragul Stroke Support Group meets at Warragul Community House every second Tuesday. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Jean on 0400 342 291 or email@example.com