Standing Up! is a story in two parts. The physical journey after stroke and the emotional journey forced by vastly changed life circumstances. How to develop emotional resilience.

‘intuition will tell the
thinking mind where to
look next.’

– Jonas Salk

words from the author, Kathleen Jordan

Standing Up! My Story of Hope, Advocacy and Survival after Stroke is my account of the stroke that I suffered on 23 August 2011 and, more particularly, of my experiences and the lessons learned in the months and years that followed. It is based on my memories and those of my family who deputized for me in the early post-stroke months and whose extraordinary efforts undoubtedly changed the outcome for me.

I have learnt so much from my recovery — about life, about the way our thoughts can help or hinder our progress, and on the need to be open to a new life. My hope in writing Standing Up! is that the lessons that I have learnt will be relevant, useful and achievable for patients, their families and carers and also for policy makers and health professionals in the field of post trauma treatment and recovery.

‘The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.’
-John Schaar, University of California Santa Cruz

This book is a story of resilience that will move you and continue to teach long after you have reluctantly turned the last page.
DR MEGAN CLARK AC, Advisory Board member, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kathleen’s book has given the reader an insight into the physical, emotional and mental challenges faced by stroke victims and those who love them.
CECILIA BURGESS, COO of Bell Gully Lawyers NZ
This story will move you to appreciate and see your life and all that is in it in a new light. The book will move you in a deep, profound and loving way.
BERNADETTE BAYNIE, Group General Counsel, Batelco Group
There are numerous lessons for every reader in this accessible, emotional and raw story of triumph over adversity. Kathleen is a heroine and her story must be read.
PROFESSOR JAMES ANGUS, AO President, National Stroke Foundation