Zoe's Story

Zoe's Story

It is fundamentally okay to fail.

After her stroke, Zoe created her own small exercises to start rebuilding her strength and mobility.

Zoe’s stroke was caused by a complication of an undiagnosed heart condition, and she experienced fatigue and reduced energy levels when she was discharged from hospital. But Zoe is a great believer in the quote “Everything starts with you”. So, she started journaling to help her through the harder days and found support in several community led stroke groups. Today, she’s pleased to be giving back to those groups that helped her so much by showing them the little tips and activities that have helped her recovery.

How Zoe Gets Moving

Zoe started small and began to rebuild her strength and mobility with home exercises like clipping clothes pegs to a glass. She progressed to squeezing her trusty stress ball, and is now back to using a variety of exercise bands and light weights at home. In her experience, Zoe notices that when she isn’t active her left side becomes numb, and says that consistent exercise “played a major part” in enabling her to return to the activities she was doing before her stroke, like driving, going to restaurants with friends, and styling her hair just the way she likes it.

Related Resources

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

Stroke Association - Getting moving after a stroke

British Heart Foundation - Recovery from a stroke

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