Eve’s a stroke survivor
World Stroke Day, 29 October 2019
- This year 14.5 million people will have a stroke, 5.5 million people will die as a result.
- 80 million people have survived stroke worldwide.
- Stroke is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death, but almost all strokes could be prevented.
- Many stroke survivors face significant challenges that include physical disability, communication difficulties, changes in how they think and feel, loss of work, income and social networks.
Eve Noble is a survivor.
The 95-year-old survived a violent marriage and then raised three children on her own. Later, she survived the tragedy of losing one of her sons in an accident.
And at the age of 86 she survived a massive stroke, which left the right side of her body paralysed.
Eve spent three and a half months in hospital undergoing stroke rehabilitation, to get movement back in the right side of her face. She admits her stroke recovery was a dark time in her life.
“You’ve got to get through the bad to get to the good. I used to tell my children that when things go bad have your grief, get over it and get on with it. So that’s what I had to do.”
Eve was left wheelchair-bound as a result of her stroke but that hasn’t dampened her lively spirit.
She moved into IRT Macarthur Aged Care Centre at Campbelltown shortly after her stroke and recently took on the role of “postie”. Sporting her winning smile and trademark flower in her hair, she sorts the mail each day and then delivers it to residents in her wing.
She gets to chat with the staff and residents and pursue her lifelong commitment to volunteering, which even included a stint with a stroke recovery support group, long before she had her own stroke.
“It’s great. I go down every afternoon for an hour. We have a laugh and a chat – that’s what it’s about,” she explains.
“Eve livens up the whole place when she’s here. She’s just so chirpy and I love having her around. We’ve become really close,” says Jenny Hart, who works on the reception desk where Eve sorts the mail.