A Darwin survivor of stroke, who found passion and purpose in painting, has won a national award.
Trish Higgins has today been announced as the Creative Award winner in the Stroke Foundation 2021 Stroke Awards.
After experiencing a stroke in 2018 at the age of 57, Trish was frustrated with her life. She was living with communication difficulties and physical challenges and was no longer able to work. Then she picked up a paint brush and found a new, colourful lease on life.
Trish said winning the Creative Award came as a complete surprise.
“I just love to paint in bright colours and share my work with others,” Trish said.
“It makes me happy and I feel like I can achieve anything.
“I encourage other survivors of stroke to set goals and pursue their passions. Don’t let anything hold you back.”
The Stroke Foundation national Stroke Awards recognise the incredible individuals in our community who strive to make the future brighter for people impacted by stroke. This includes the stroke survivors, carers, volunteers, fundraisers, health professionals and researchers who are relentless in their mission to enhance recovery and make a real difference.
Stroke Foundation Northern Territory State Manager Andrea Sanders congratulated Trish on her award and said her story highlighted there was life after stroke.
“Trish has achieved so much since her stroke and is showing no sign of slowing down, hoping to open a gallery in the future,” Ms Sanders said.
“Not only has Trish found a creative outlet that brings her joy, her positive outlook is an inspiration to others.”
The 2021 Stroke Foundation national Stroke Awards were supported by major sponsor Ipsen. The Creative Award was proudly sponsored by Marmalade. Almost 70 people were nominated for the awards this year across six categories: Improving Life after Stroke, Creative, Courage, Fundraiser of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and President’s Achievement.