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Singapore National Stroke Association
Singapore National Stroke Association1 day ago
John Ang, SNSA’s newly elected committee member and stroke survivor is in the news.
Check out the interview segment on the Straits Times online link. The print version will be out tomorrow on The Straits Times.

https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/young-and-fit-but-hit-with-a-stroke-at-46?xtor=CS3-18&utm_source=STiPhone&utm_medium=share&utm_term=2019-03-17%2020%3A03%3A34

17 March 2019
SINGAPORE - Mr John Ang was only 46 when he was hit by a stroke in 2011. It happened very quickly and caught him by surprise.
"I went to my car, started the engine and when I wanted to drive off, I could not move my left arm," he told The Straits Times.
"When I opened my car door to get out, I also couldn't move my left leg."
That was when he called his teenage son for help. An ambulance came and took him to the hospital fairly quickly. There, he went through a series of tests before he was treated.

Looking back, Mr Ang realised that he had a sudden headache while walking to his car in the multi-storey carpark.
"I thought a headache was nothing serious so I didn't bother with it. In 2011, stroke awareness wasn't high. We thought that strokes only affected old people."
Furthermore, he did not have obvious risk factors.
"I run, do mountain climbing, swim, carry weights. I don't have diabetes or any heart problems," he said.
"I think it could be stress. I was running my own nuts and bolts manufacturing business at that time."

Mr Ang sold off his shares in the business after his stroke and focused on his recovery.
"My neurologist told me to be prepared to be in a wheelchair the rest of the life, but I don't want that," he said.

He continued to exercise after his discharge from hospital. Every morning, he would go out for breakfast and then climb eight flights of stairs home with the aid of his walking stick.
It took him nearly half a year before he could throw away his walking stick.

That was when he started to do walks in the swimming pool.
"It's a very good exercise, because in the water, you're not afraid to fall down," he said.

He also continued to do the facial exercises that he learnt from his speech therapist at the hospital.
"I want to look good so whatever I learnt from the hospital, I continued to do at home. I did them for nine months to a year."

He used the wheelchair only when he was in the hospital.
"I discourage people from using the wheelchair if possible. Their muscles will shrink, they will lose confidence in walking and they will become lazy. I've seen people use the wheelchair and they cannot get up (and walk)."
His speed of walking is now slower than before and he cannot grip with his left hand, but his spirits are up.

Mr Ang, who now works as a security officer and helps others with their recovery at the Singapore National Stroke Association, also encourages stroke patients to join a support group.
"When you have a stroke, you will feel down, some will feel suicidal, but you can get well," he said.
"You will feel better when you talk to someone who understands what you are going through because he has been through it."
Singapore National Stroke Association
Singapore National Stroke Association2 days ago
Sat 16 Mar 2019, 11.30am-3.30pm - SNSA 20th Annual General Meeting @ Singapore Pools Building. Outgoing President Amos Wee presented the 2018 annual report & the financial statement by Asst Treasurer Supriya Sen.

Congratulations to
The newly elected EXCO 2019-2021:
President: Ng Wai May
Vice President: Michelle Siew
Secretary: Shamala Thilarajah
Asst Secretary: Sheryn Lin
Treasurer: Ann Tan
Asst Treasurer: Dr Deidre Anne De Silva
Committee:
- Aanandha Sharurajah
- Dr Kaavya Narasimhalu
- John Ang
- Dr Ramani N V
- Eugene Escanan
Honorary Auditors:
Supriya Sen
John Liew

#snsa #snsaagm #sgpools
Singapore National Stroke Association
Singapore National Stroke Association shared a post.3 days ago
SNSA Chit Chat Cafe.
Next session this Saturday 23 March 2019 10am - 12pm
Singapore National Stroke Association
Singapore National Stroke Association3 days ago
Thu 14 Mar 2019, 5-8pm, 3rd/10th session (Thu) SNSA Table Tennis practice for stroke survivors & their caregivers with Coach Wan @ OCBC Arena Hall 1. We split into 2 groups and total attendance: 16 stroke survivors, 11 stroke caregivers & 2 volunteers. Everyone felt they have improved slightly and the bond is strong among the stroke survivors and stroke caregivers. Thanks to our volunteers, Coach Wan and JJ - assistant, and venue sponsor Singapore Sports Hub.
#thanksforthesupport #sgsportshub #singaporenationalstrokeassociation #snsa

Quotes from participants Thu 14/3:

Damien Lee, stroke survivor
“This is my first time playing table tennis. I really enjoyed it and Coach Wan, he really coach us individually and explain to us. He has taught us the basics of table tennis. The rest is depend on us whether to keep going practice or stop it . It’s a very good experience for us as a Stoke warrior team. We have to motivate ourselves and keep going.”

Patrick Heng, stroke survivor
Now, most of the sparring on my good hand, so as not to hold up training. But today’s session, I ventured onto my stroke affected hand, as I dream & hope, I could play well again. I could return a few shots, very happy.”
Singapore National Stroke Association
Singapore National Stroke Association
Singapore National Stroke Association3 days ago
Thu 14 Mar 2019, 5-8pm, 3rd/10th session (Thu) SNSA Table Tennis practice for stroke survivors & their caregivers with Coach Wan @ OCBC Arena Hall 1. We split into 2 groups and total attendance: 16 stroke survivors, 11 stroke caregivers & 2 volunteers. Everyone felt they have improved slightly and the bond is strong among the stroke survivors and stroke caregivers. Thanks to our volunteers, Coach Wan and JJ - assistant, and venue sponsor Singapore Sports Hub.
#thanksforthesupport #sgsportshub #singaporenationalstrokeassociation #snsa

Quotes from participants Thu 14/3:

Damien Lee, stroke survivor
“This is my first time playing table tennis. I really enjoyed it and Coach Wan, he really coach us individually and explain to us. He has taught us the basics of table tennis. The rest is depend on us whether to keep going practice or stop it . It’s a very good experience for us as a Stoke warrior team. We have to motivate ourselves and keep going.”

Patrick Heng, stroke survivor
Now, most of the sparring on my good hand, so as not to hold up training. But today’s session, I ventured onto my stroke affected hand, as I dream & hope, I could play well again. I could return a few shots, very happy.”
Singapore National Stroke Association
Singapore National Stroke Association shared a post.5 days ago
Our fellow SNSA stroke survivor, Michael Quek ! You inspire us!👍
Singapore National Stroke Association
NCSS Singapore
A stroke survivor, Michael shows great strength in his life and at work. He has been an asset to his company and continues to grow the business with his employer. With opportunities and the right training, persons with disabilities can contribute to the workforce. #seethetrueme #inclusivesg #ncsssg
 
Singapore Patient Action Awards 2017

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Board (LIFE After Stroke Programme)

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2017 Singapore Patient Engagement Initiative Award

15 Jul 17 Life in the North

15 Jul – Life in the North today saw our participants Move to K-pop as a fun workout, as well as designing their own pouches to take home!

Design your pouch by Grace.

Design your pouch by Grace.

Design your pouch by Grace.

Design your pouch by Grace.

Design your pouch by Grace.

Design your pouch by Grace.

The completed pouches.

The completed pouches.

Exercise - Move to K-pop by Marilyn.

Exercise – Move to K-pop by Marilyn.

Exercise - Move to K-pop by Marilyn.

Exercise – Move to K-pop by Marilyn.

Exercise - Move to K-pop by Marilyn.

Exercise – Move to K-pop by Marilyn.

Cool down after the exercise

Cool down after the exercise

Cool down after the exercise

Cool down after the exercise

08 Jul – Start of Healing Strokes: Art Therapy programme for stroke survivors.

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SNSA Stroke Self Management Programme – 01 July 17

SNSA Stroke Self Management Programme ended their last session this morning

Completed their session with their certificates - missing Alan & Andrew.

Completed their session with their certificates – missing Alan & Andrew.

Completed their session with their certificates - missing Alan & Andrew.

Completed their session with their certificates – missing Alan & Andrew.

Finishing their last session.

Finishing their last session.

Finishing their last session.

Finishing their last session.

With pot-luck.

With pot-luck.

LIFE After Stroke 01 July 17 (Photos & Video)

LIFE After Stroke on 1 July – Stroke survivors enjoyed and learnt fun Zumba exercise to stay active, followed by DIY pouch making session. Check out their handiwork

 

Stroke Support Group - Glads shares her stroke journey.

Stroke Support Group – Glads shares her stroke journey.

Stroke Support Group - Glads shares her stroke journey.

Stroke Support Group – Glads shares her stroke journey.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

Showing off their completed pouch design.

LIFE After Stroke - DIY Pouch with Grace

LIFE After Stroke – DIY Pouch with Grace

LIFE After Stroke - DIY Pouch with Grace

LIFE After Stroke – DIY Pouch with Grace

LIFE After Stroke - DIY Pouch with Grace

LIFE After Stroke – DIY Pouch with Grace

LIFE After Stroke - Zumba with Shamala

LIFE After Stroke – Zumba with Shamala

LIFE After Stroke - Zumba with Shamala

LIFE After Stroke – Zumba with Shamala

LIFE After Stroke - Zumba with Shamala

LIFE After Stroke – Zumba with Shamala

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More photos of River Safari Outing

Photos taken by Michael Yap, SNSA member and stroke survivor on SNSA outing to River Safari, 22 June 2017

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SNSA Outing to River Safari – 22 June 2017

SNSA stroke survivors, caregivers and volunteers had a fun and exciting outing to River Safari today!

Isaac & Andrew

Isaac & Andrew

Michelle & Angeline

Michelle & Angeline

Lai Seng

Lai Seng

Kai Yee & Philip

Kai Yee & Philip

Michael Yap

Michael Yap

Enthi & Angie

Enthi & Angie

Elsie & Mill

Elsie & Mill

Isaac & Andrew

Isaac & Andrew

Angeline

Angeline

Mr & Mrs Wong

Mr & Mrs Wong

Michael & Mary

Michael & Mary

Mr Song & Alice

Mr Song & Alice

Volunteer Farah with Michael

Volunteer Farah with Michael

Boon Tiong & Friend

Boon Tiong & Friend

Looks like rambutans but not.

Looks like rambutans but not.

Red panda

Red panda

Isaac, Andrew & Boon Tiong

Isaac, Andrew & Boon Tiong

Glimpse of stork

Glimpse of stork

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Get-together

Get-together

Start of the journey

Start of the journey

All aboard to River Safari outing.

All aboard to River Safari outing.

All aboard to River Safari outing.

All aboard to River Safari outing.

All aboard to River Safari outing.

All aboard to River Safari outing.

Group family shot of stroke survivors, stroke caregivers & volunteers

Group family shot of stroke survivors, stroke caregivers & volunteers

Bridge to the river cruise

Bridge to the river cruise

Michael Quek

Michael Quek

LIFE in the North 17 June 17

Exercise: Throwback to 60s-80s by volunteer PT Kelly, and talk on Falls Prevention at Home by Xin Hui, volunteer OT. 18 participants attended this session.

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11 June 17 – Mandarin Stroke Talk for Cheng Hong Welfare Service Society
Dr Jocelyn Thio's talk on Stroke Awareness

Dr Jocelyn Thio’s talk on Stroke Awareness

Anthony Quek shares his stroke journey.

Anthony Quek shares his stroke journey.

Anthony Quek shares his stroke journey.

Anthony Quek shares his stroke journey.

Speakers & supporters of the stroke awareness talk.

Speakers & supporters of the stroke awareness talk.

More questions from participants for our speakers Dr Jocelyn Thio & Anthony Quek after the Talk.

More questions from participants for our speakers Dr Jocelyn Thio & Anthony Quek after the Talk.

Dr Jocelyn Thio's talk on Stroke Awareness

Dr Jocelyn Thio’s talk on Stroke Awareness

LIFE After Stroke 03 June 2017
Move to K-pop by Marilyn, volunteer physiotherapist

Move to K-pop by Marilyn, volunteer physiotherapist

Move to K-pop by Marilyn, volunteer physiotherapist

Move to K-pop by Marilyn, volunteer physiotherapist

Move to K-pop by Marilyn, volunteer physiotherapist

Move to K-pop by Marilyn, volunteer physiotherapist

Rehabilitation after stroke by Dr Loh Yong Joo

Rehabilitation after stroke by Dr Loh Yong Joo

Rehabilitation after stroke by Dr Loh Yong Joo

Rehabilitation after stroke by Dr Loh Yong Joo

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Caregiver Support Group - Counsellors Joel & Samira

Caregiver Support Group – Counsellors Joel & Samira

Caregiver Support Group - Counsellors Joel & Samira

Caregiver Support Group – Counsellors Joel & Samira

Caregiver Support Group - Counsellors Joel & Samira

Caregiver Support Group – Counsellors Joel & Samira

Stroke Support Group - Mak Kwa Fai, stroke survivor.

Stroke Support Group – Mak Kwa Fai, stroke survivor.

Stroke Support Group - Mak Kwa Fai, stroke survivor.

Stroke Support Group – Mak Kwa Fai, stroke survivor.