Sharing Our Stories

Flannery O’Neil, stroke survivor and Stroke Onward Executive Director shares her story about friendship after her stroke.

The art and practice of storytelling has been an integral part of being human since we first developed language to communicate with one another. Storytelling forges connections among people, and between people and ideas. Stories convey the culture, history, and values that unite people (source – Harvard Business Review). For stroke survivors and the people that support them, storytelling can be used as a powerful tool to help understand the changes in their lives.


We are beginning a storytelling project, focused specifically on the emotional journey.

Our first storytelling topic is Friendship and Community

Experiencing a stroke can be an isolating experience. One that disconnects an individual from their usual social ties. This post-stroke social isolation can contribute to depression, but friendships can provide health benefits like boosting happiness and reducing stress (source – Mayo Clinic). Friendship and community are important components of the healing journey after stroke. Stroke Onward wants to highlight personal stories about the role of friendship and/or community in the healing journey after stroke.

Whether you are a stroke survivor, a carepartner, a friend or family member, or a healthcare provider, we want to hear from YOU. 

Please share your story with us using our form. We will be highlighting these stories both here on our website and on our social media accounts so that others may learn about the power of friendship and community after a stroke.

Not sure what to share? Start with a story prompt.

  • How have you been able to stay involved in the community?
  • How have you maintained friendships?
  • What role has friendship or community played in your healing journey? What did that mean to you?
  • Have you made new friendships with other stroke survivors?
  • How has community or friendships played a role in reimagining your identity as a carepartner?
  • What does friendship look like to you now that you are a carepartner?
  • How might you be best supported in your friendships and community?
  • Have you made community or friendships with other carepartners?
  • How have you seen community or friendships support the whole-person recovery in a friend or family member?
  • What has been easy or challenging in friendships or community?
  • How has community or friendship supported your emotional or mental health?
  • How have you seen community or friendships support the whole-person recovery from stroke?
  • How would you encourage stroke survivors and carepartners to develop community or friendships?
  • What resources would you want to be widely available to help stroke survivors and carepartners develop friendship or community?

How to Participate

    • Create your story using either video, print, or audio medium; please keep it to 1 – 2 minutes. We have included prompts above that you can use for your story.
    • Access this form and submit your information and story.
    • Once you submit the Google form and story, you are finished. Stroke Onward will be in touch once we review the submissions.
    • For questions or assistance with creating and submitting your story, please