Lynette and her husband Chris Gordon-smith.
Lynette and her husband Chris Gordon-smith. Marian Faa

Stroke survivor's 'unsung' courage recognised

AFTER suffering a stroke, Lynette Gordon-Smith was told she would never play the saxophone again, putting an end to her life-long passion.

Despite the heartbreaking news, the Allora musician was not going to be defeated.

"After my stroke there was a lot of things I could not do, nurses used to have to push me to get out bed to do therapy,” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.

In the years since alongside her husband Chris and staff at the Warwick Hospital, Mrs Gordon-Smith relearned how to walk, talk and play saxophone again.

"I'm still able to play music which is a big thing for me, life is not life without music,” she said.

Using the story of her miraculous recovery, Mrs Gordon-Smith seeks to inspire others.

It is the reason she has been recognised by the Stroke Foundation and awarded the unsung heroes award for creative industries contribution.

For Mrs Gordon-Smith the award is an acknowledgement of all the hard work she has put into her recovery.

"It shows that after stroke there is the opportunity improve your lifestyle and health,” she said.

"The fact that someone thought I was an inspiration to them and took time to nominate me left me pretty emotional.”

Next on the agenda for Mrs Gordon-Smith is playing charity 'sing-along' pub shows with other musicians.

"I'm going to start doing concerts again, I've got musicians ringing me up, we just have to change the venues to adapt to where I'm at now,” she said.

”They say if you put a goldfish in a bigger bowl it will grow bigger, I just need a bigger bowl now.”

For stroke survivors struggling through the recovery process, Mrs Gordon-Smith said to never give up.

"You've always got people around you who will support you, that is one of the beauties of living in the country.”