Phil's Story

Phil's Story

The joke became who would learn to walk and talk first, me or my granddaughter, Olivia.

Phil, a navy veteran, had been active his whole life right up until his stroke in 2016 left him paralysed down the left side of his body. But with the help of physiotherapy exercises, Phil had improved his mobility and was making great progress. With the encouragement and support of his children and grandchildren, Phil was finding ways to adapt after his stroke, like gaffer taping his foot to the exercise bike. To his disbelief, Phil was then diagnosed with a spinal tumour in 2020, giving him another hurdle to overcome.

How Phil Gets Moving


Phil found light exercise was a way for him to feel ‘normal’ again after his stroke. He told himself if he could get active and recover once, he could do it again. He was left unable to walk after surgery on his tumour, but starting with home exercises, he eventually he managed to get back in the gym and is improving his mobility yet again. On the days when he doesn’t feel quite up to the gym, Phil does small exercises like marching in place, which he learnt from his time serving in the Navy, and religiously exercises using a can of mushrooms as a weight.

Related Resources

Here are some resources related to Phil's story about moving more::

Stroke Association - Getting moving after a stroke

Macmillian - The Move More guide