KELOWNA– She was a busy mother and volunteer when at age 43, Jennifer Monaghan suffered a stroke.
Monaghan’s husband quickly identified what was happening, called 9-1-1 and Monaghan was rushed to KGH for treatment.
She was paralyzed on her right side and couldn’t speak.
Two and a half years later, through countless hours of rehab, exercise and speech therapy, Monaghan’s life has almost returned to normal.
Her experience, though, has left her with the desire to help other stroke survivors and their families.
Starting later this month, Monaghan will lead the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Living with Stroke program.
Eight group sessions designed to improve quality of life, help survivors cope with challenges and connect with others.
Managhan believes the program will provide both help and hope by showing survivors that others understand what they’re going through.
For more information on the program click here: http://www.heartandstroke.bc.ca/livingwithstroke