Stroke & Recovery: Immeasurable Support from Croí


In 2016, over 400 people attended monthly Stroke Support Groups in the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre Galway and at various locations in Co Mayo. Additionally, 116 Stroke survivors completed the Croi MyStroke programme - a new educational programme developed by the Croí Health Team in collaboration with stroke survivors and carers.

In the past year, the Stroke Support Group in Galway actively engaged with occupational therapy and speech & language therapy students at NUI Galway and Biomedical Engineering students from Purdue University, Indiana, USA across a range of education and research initiatives.

Numbers attending the stroke support groups in Galway and Mayo increased steadily throughout 2016. In Galway, Croí supported stroke survivors with weekly Active Hour, Yoga and Communication Sessions.

Alone and afraid - that’s how Monica O’Leary felt when her husband Pat (pictured above) suffered a stroke in 2014. Now she describes Croí as being like family and says the support has been immeasurable. “We have no family around so it was a very scary time for us but Croí were fantastic. They’ve always been there if I’ve had a problem and they’ve given me much more courage going forward,” says 77-year-old Monica. Pat was in Merlin Park Hospital when he suffered a major stroke leaving him with limited mobility. When a therapist told him about Croí he admits he only went to the Stroke Support Group because he felt he owed it to them to attend at least one meeting. Years later, the couple are still attending. Initially, Monica says she didn’t think about the care she would need. “I was so caught up with what had happened to Pat that I didn’t think about myself. Their attitude was that I needed looking after too because I was his carer.” The Croí Stroke Support Group has been so successful that a separate support group was set up for carers. Although it is called the Carers’ Support Group, Monica says that it is not how they see themselves. “I don’t feel like I ‘care’ for my husband, we’re just people whose partners happen to have had strokes,” she says. “The difference both groups have made to our lives cannot be put into words. Everyone at Croí is as good as family to us now and we realise, we are not on our own,” Monica adds.

Get in touch if you'd like to talk to someone about the stroke support services Croí Heart and Stroke Charity 091 -544310. 


Croí is a registered Irish heart & stroke charity dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke, with a special focus on the West of Ireland. 

Our Mission is to 'Prevent Disease, Save Lives, Promote Recovery and Wellbeing'

The charity is totally funded through the proceeds of fundraising events, voluntary contributions and philanthropy.
Charity Number: CHY7500

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