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An inspirational story

Please meet Anne and Barry Rowbury.


Here’s her story….

I first met Anne early last November as Gillian, my hairdresser who has her own salon (Hair Garage) at Little Mountain told me Anne was one of her weekly clients.  Anne had suffered a severe stroke and after hearing about my book, she was keen to meet me and purchase a copy. Gillian coordinated our appointments one day so I could be at the salon to meet Anne. She is truly an amazing and inspiration lady and although she has limited mobility and limited vocabulary, dealing daily with Aphasia, Anne smiled and tried to converse the best she could throughout our time together. Anne’s philosophy was..and I quote her own words.

“It is what it is”. 

Anne and Barry were unable to make the Book Launch or my previous book signing due to other commitments, so yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting them in their own home. Barry tells me that the medical team at Nambour Hospital believed Anne would not last more than 24 hours but she baffled them all and continues to recover her health. Anne spent 6 months in rehabilitation, learning to walk and talk again, things not predicted by any of her medical team due to Anne only having 50% brain function.  A nursing home was arranged for Anne post rehab as she needed 24/7 care but Barry, her lovely husband, insisted that he would care for her at home. That was almost four and a half years ago and Anne has continued improve and celebrates her 72nd birthday next week. I truly believe that Anne’s attitude to life is so inspiring and Barry is clearly very proud of his wife.

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‘A Stroke of Poetry’ to help with Aphasia research

A few weeks prior to the book launch, I was contacted by Michelle Attard (Speech Pathology PhD student), from La Trobe University, who requested a copy of my book. Upon receiving the book, she was more than complimentary in her feedback and since then, we have communicated with regard to how my book can assist her in the work that she undertakes. I am very pleased to say that during 2016, Michelle will feature some of my poems in a research project with people living with Aphasia. Aphasia lab

Michelle said: ” I’m hoping this will inspire them and help them understand they can tell their stories in a range of different ways.”

A Stroke of Poetry was written with the sole purpose that it could help not only stroke survivors, but anyone who has suffered a traumatic illness or depression and needs to find hope and positivity to move forward with their life. Michelle’s use of my book in her research fills my heart with joy and this is the reason I wanted to share this news with you all.

For information about the research go to or contact Michelle Attard (Speech Pathology PhD student) at