Donna’s up and running

STROKE survivor Donna Campisi has a spring in her step after conquering another hurdle.

The former local, and now Melbourne-based Ms Campisi (pictured), has taken on many challenges in her rehabilitation, but running had always concerned her.

Ms Campisi was just eight when she suffered a stroke, and after a stint in the Royal Children’s Hospital, she underwent physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

She had to learn how to walk, talk and eat all over again.

“It took 12 months to be able to walk again,” Ms Campisi said. “I went from a wheelchair to a walking frame to walking with the physiotherapy bars.”

Through hard work and determination she regained her mobility and, while she didn’t look back, there was one item that remained unchecked on her list of challenges.

“About two years ago, someone asked me ‘Since you’ve had the stroke, what can’t you do?’” Ms Campisi said.

“I thought it was a really interesting question, because I’ve always focused on what I can do. I realised that I’d never felt confident running.”

Using the same concept of baby steps that had got her through her post-stroke challenges, Ms Campisi built herself up – first with 20 steps, then 50.

Before 12 months was up, she’d graduated to a marathon – which she tackled last year – and just two weeks ago she completed the Run for the Kids in Melbourne.

“The Run for the Kids was really great,” 

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