Briana Debney, the envy of those around her, an attractive, smart, fit, intelligent and capable 34-year-old business owner. In September 2018 her whole world came crashing down when she had a stroke. She spent 6-months in hospital on the Sunshine Coast, living in the unknown of what was to come, how her life had changed and would she be able to walk, talk and speak again.
One year on and Briana is out of hospital and living with her family on the Sunshine Coast. Briana has regained the independence of doing most things. It hasn’t been an easy year however her recovery and progress has been encouraging and she’s as determined as ever for it to continue. Briana has a soul that glows from the inside out and her strength inspires and drives those around her, to be the best versions of themselves daily.
Here is Briana’s inspiring story of life after a stroke at the young age of 34 and how she appreciates all that she has.
It has been a wild ride. I went from being a very fit, active, independent business owner, celebrating my 34th birthday to a visit to Emergency Department at hospital – then unable to move, talk, not knowing what was happening to me. Then the long road to recovery began.
How have you picked yourself up when things felt down?
Ultimately my only choice was and is to work to get better. I am on antidepressant medication to help, also music and meditation have helped on the psychological front.
Can you tell me a little about your support network?
My family and good friends have been incredibly supportive, a lot of my success is due to this support and love. The ones who really know me have never once given up on me.
Any advice for people going through a hard time?
You just have to stick with your goals and keep going forward, attitude is a big thing. Everyone feels down at times, experience it – then move on.
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learnt?
The greatest lesson I have learnt is to have real patience and to appreciate what you have.
How proud are you of your progress and how much does your incredible progress motivate you?
I’m still learning to love myself, but continued progress is really important to me. I just keep striving to get back what I had – prior to THE EVENT.
Briana and her family will Walk for Awareness on Sunday, 6 October. They will walk to honour Briana and celebrate and value her strength and the importance of taking time for mental health, wellness and happiness.