Stroke victims Wendy Tyler, of Wollongbar, and David Platt, of Alstonville, at Fitness Matters in Wollongbar.
Stroke victims Wendy Tyler, of Wollongbar, and David Platt, of Alstonville, at Fitness Matters in Wollongbar. Jacklyn Wagner

Workouts help stroke victims

WENDY TYLER, of Wollongbar, and David Platt, of Alstonville, were gym buddies for a day yesterday - not because they are fitness fanatics but because they've both suffered a stroke.

Wendy's stroke, 12 years ago, affected the left side of her body.

“I got it the week before Easter in 1997,” she said. “Now I find it very difficult to walk without help.”

Wendy, 56, rides her wheelchair to the gym for a workout session with Danielle Loveless, an independent exercise physiologist.

“We're working on a regular program targeting specific areas while introducing new things,” Ms Loveless said. “We do a bit of walking, a workout on the bike and also use light hand weights.”

Ms Loveless said Wendy would also be able to use the leg press, as her left leg still has function.

“We work on maintaining what is still functional and bringing awareness back into the body,” she said.

“If you don't use it, you lose it,” Wendy laughed.

David, 85, has spent nearly three years since his stroke turning his life back around again.

“When I came home after the stroke I was purely a bed patient,” he said. “Now I get up and go out, I'm limited but not bed-ridden.”

His trainer Katy Lawryk said David's progress had a lot to do with his mental attitude.

“I can put lots of effort into his workouts,” she said. “But if he doesn't want to do it, it's no good.”

A new FAST campaign, as part of National Stroke Week, is being launched by the Ambulance Service of NSW to help people recognise the early warning signs of stroke. Face - Is mouth drooped?, Arms - Can they lift arms?, Speech - Is it slurred?, Time - critical.

The Lismore-Ballina Stroke Support Group will be having a stall selling raffle tickets and tartan ribbons, the symbol of stroke awareness, outside IGA Wollongbar tomorrow to raise money for stroke research.



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