Bill Gasiamis 0:01
I’m just arriving at Australian Catholic University to do a presentation to the third year occupational therapy students.
Stroke will affect people in different ways. And there’ll be a different constellation of symptoms for every individual. So cardiac embolize more common in people with heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation, or AF like here in this image in light blue. So this contains the post central gyrus and that corresponds to the primary somatosensory cortex. So that’s concerned with the processing of tactile and proprioceptive in sensory information two brain images. So two CT scans. These are individuals who’ve both had a stroke. This is 48 hours after their presentation to hospital.
Paul Fink 0:58
My name is Paul Fink, I am 38 years old. I’m married with two sons. I had a stroke four years ago, I was struggling with goals initially.
Bill Gasiamis 1:20
So I’ve just finished the presentation at the Australian Catholic University to the third year, occupational therapy students are really, I’m just so grateful that I get the opportunity to share my story to third year occupational therapists and help them understand what it is that a stroke survivor goes through so that when they go into their work as occupational therapists, they’ve got a better and clearer understanding of how to support stroke survivors, and how to get them back on their feet and how to get them at home.
Bill Gasiamis 1:52
So it’s just an amazing thing. I never knew that my stroke would get to that point where I was able to help other people in this way. And I’m just so grateful for I’ve been doing this for five years now. And I’ve probably spoken to, you know, thousands of occupational therapy students, and it’s just amazing knowing that they’re going into their work environment. Now having this greater understanding of how to go about supporting stroke survivors.