My Stroke Story by RWN student Ray Bekeris
Ray Bekeris, a remarkable man who has worked hard on recovering his functional abilities
after experiencing a significant stroke. Ray contacted the Read Write Now program as part of
his quest to be able to read and write again, and not only to read and write, but, as it turned out,
to write books. He began with writing down what had happened to him on the way
home from work that fateful day. This is the way how Ray describes his way back to
living his life after the stroke.
'If a bridge collapsed in your town and it was peak hour traffic,
a few cards would end up in the water and lives would be lost.
Eventually cars would back up on either side but people would still want to go home.
They would find another route. It wouldn't be the fastest way home, they they would still get there.
So too with a stroke victim!
In some cases part of the brain has collapsed but the brain has these amazing qualities
to find other pathways to navigate the way home.
So, this is my story about how a stroke victim's brain can find a way home.'
Ray discusses his stroke story on ABC Radio during Adult Learners Week 2022 and
on Iris Lavell's Australian Baby Boomer podcast
The interview begins with Ray and his tutor, Marny, talking about Ray's involvement
with Read Write Now. It then branches out as Ray reflects on the journey from a point
of not being able to walk or talk, to where he is today,
someone who can walk, talk, drive a car, and write a compelling story.
LISTEN to THE PODCAST