Mentor Interview

StrokeNet interviewed mentor, Susan Cotter Marshall. Susan shares with readers her experience of being a mentor with The Stroke Network.


StrokeNet:  When did you have your stroke? What kind was it?

Susan:  I had a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in my brainstem. It was on Ash Wednesday, Feb 21, 1996.


StrokeNet:  When and how did you first find The Stroke Network?

Susan:  I can’t remember when I found it; I found it by typing “stroke” into a search engine.


StrokeNet:  When did you begin to mentor?

Susan:  Maybe a month or two ago.


StrokeNet:  What did you do first?

Susan:  I visited the chat room and message boards; basically “jumping right in.”


StrokeNet:   What are the ways you currently mentor?

Susan:  I respond to all entries in the “Stroke Network” guestbook, and if I have anything to “say” I either post replies on the message boards or start my own.


StrokeNet:   How do you think mentoring is helpful to stroke survivors, caregivers and families?

Susan:  Letting them know they’re not alone, that there are many of us who have similar, (and different) stroke experiences, and that we’re available to “listen”, offer support, friendship and understanding.


StrokeNet:  How is mentoring helpful to you?

Susan:  Mentoring is helpful to me because it reminds me I’m not alone, there are so many survivors.  I can also give something back; maybe sharing some of my own reality can help someone, somehow. 


StrokeNet:  Is there anything you would like to add?

Susan:  Having a stroke regardless of what kind, how severe, where it is etc., changes a person for life - the quintessential 360. If “being there” for someone helps them to understand what’s happened, I’ve been successful.  (And I’ve helped myself too.)


Read Susan's Bio


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