When Ade Djajamihardja, a film and TV professional, suffered a massive stroke at 42 years of age, he wasn’t expected to live.
After life-saving brain surgery and weeks in an induced coma, Ade spent the next seven months in hospital learning to sit upright, feed himself, read and speak.
But Ade soon realised the battle of recovery is won and lost in the mind.
Together with his wife and carer Kate Stevens (who grew up in Benalla and whose family still lives here) Ade has written his first book The Little Book of Hope to inspire, motivate and give hope to stroke survivors, carers and anyone else facing tough times.
Told with Ade’s signature positivity, humour and empathy, The Little Book of Hope is a practical toolkit for tackling life’s challenges.
‘‘As a two-time stroke survivor, I know all too well of stroke’s consequences to one’s self as well as one’s family and greater support network,’’ Ade said.
‘‘I believe that it’s exceptionally important for everyone to take full responsibility for themselves and lead a healthy lifestyle that minimises their possible risk of stroke.’’
Ade said he wanted his book to empower readers to develop the necessary tools and coping mechanisms required to respond positively and productively to life’s great adversities.
Now Ade has been recognised in the 2016 Stroke Awards, naming him a finalist in the creative category for his contribution as a stroke survivor to creative pursuits.
‘‘Being named as a finalist is both extremely humbling and flattering,’’ Ade said.
‘‘Knowing I am making a quality and valued contribution to the wider community is very important to me.’’
Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Sharon McGowan congratulated Ade on being named a finalist.
‘‘Ade is an inspiration. His words have strongly resonated with stroke survivors, their families, health professionals and the wider community,’’ Ms McGowan said.
‘‘Ade shares his message of hope and positivity with compassionate humour, helping others through their own stroke journey.
‘‘It is with the support of stroke survivors like Ade, together with the Stroke Foundation’s work, we can help reduce the burden of stroke in Victoria.’’