‘The Strokecast’ launches to help stroke survivors and their families understand, cope with and adjust to life after a stroke

  • New podcast presented by broadcaster and stroke survivor Gerry Stevens features interviews with other survivors and the medical professionals that worked with them through their recovery
  • Interviews offer a compelling insight into what happens when a stroke hits and the recovery process involved
  • 23-year-old MMA fighter, a pregnant woman already dealing with cancer and a traffic accident victim are among those telling their stories on The Strokecast

‘The Strokecast’, a new podcast hosted by former broadcaster Gerry Stevens, has launched to help survivors of stroke and their families understand, cope with and adjust to life after stroke.

Gerry speaks with fellow stroke survivors, who take us through their lives before the stroke, the event itself, and their recovery and rehabilitation process. He also speaks with the expert medical professionals – doctors, physios and cognitive experts – who worked each of the survivors in hospital and throughout their recovery.

The first of nine episodes is available here: https://soundcloud.com/strokecastgerrystevens

Gerry worked as a radio presenter and producer for over 30 years before himself suffering a stroke in 2017, caused by high blood pressure. He spent four months in hospital and underwent a further 18 months of physiotherapy on his arm and hand.

Drawing on his own experiences and those of his guests, The Strokecast gives a compelling insight into what it’s like to suffer a stroke, the long-term physical and mental effects, and best practice and advice during recovery.

Guests on the show include:

  • Aaron Reilly – A jujitsu, K1 kickboxing champion and MMA fighter, Aaron was just 23 years old when he suffered a stroke and had a stent fitted to address a blood clot a year later.
  • Grainne McCann – A mother of three young children, Grainne suffered a stroke in March 2015 caused by a clot in her neck, all while pregnant and undergoing treatment for cancer at the time.
  • Siobhan Leonard – Siobhan was involved in a head-on traffic collision that left her with a broken neck and other serious injuries. After ten hours of surgery she then suffered a stroke, and shares her journey to recovery and dealing with physical and mental issues.
  • Majella Cassidy – Majella is an occupational therapist who deals with stroke patients every day. After suffering a stroke caused by a blood clot, she underwent a thrombectomy to remove it while still conscious and only minutes from death, and gives her perspective as both a medical expert and stroke survivor.
  • Shane Kelly – Shane suffered two strokes in the space of three months, losing the sight in his left eye as a result of the second. He gives an honest reflection on the impact this had on his young family and work, and how he coped with suffered a second stroke so soon after the first.
  • Dr. Zul Kalil – Senior Hospital Registrar at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.
  • Fiona Connaughton – Senior Clinical Nurse specialising in stroke at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.
  • Dr. Niamh Rowe – Cognitive Rehabilitation Expert with over 17 years’ experience in brain injury recovery and support.

Gerry Stevens, host of The Strokecast, said: “I’d been leading an active and busy life as a radio host and managing a band, but one evening I felt unwell, and when I turned to my partner she could see that one side of my face had completely dropped. Fortunately, I was able to receive treatment relatively quickly, but after suffering a stroke my life was changed forever.”

“I hope that the stories and experiences shared by my guests will help others understand that stroke can affect anyone – no matter their age or other circumstances. The podcast also gives a vivid understanding of what stroke survivors go through, and give hope to those on the road to recovery that they’re not alone in what they’re experiencing.”

The Strokecast was created and is produced by Unique Media, and the episodes will be available here https://soundcloud.com/strokecastgerrystevens