Woodbine child stroke survivor Dane Peters shares story in new book

Triumph over adversity: Woodbine's Dane Peters shares his incredible story in his new book. Picture: Chris Lane
Triumph over adversity: Woodbine's Dane Peters shares his incredible story in his new book. Picture: Chris Lane

Dane Peters was just 13 when he suffered a debilitating stroke.

The former Mount Carmel Catholic High School student was in class when a vessel burst in his brain, causing the shock reaction.

It's been a long road for Mr Peters, but he's finally ready to share his story with his new book called Believe and Achieve - The Dane Peters Story.

The now 44-year-old court officer launched his book at Holy Family Catholic Parish Primary School in Ingleburn last week.

"I started writing the book after I attended a school reunion in 2013," Mr Peters said.

"I was speaking to an ex-classmate who actually became a speech pathologist.

"I had to re-learn to speak after my stroke, so I just started thinking about how I could write a book of my journey.

"It took me five years on and off, and at times I just thought 'it's too hard, I can't do it', but it's finally finished and out there now."

Mr Peters' stroke was caused by a condition called Arteriovenous Malformation.

The resulting stroke left him hospitalised and required him to re-learn many regular tasks.

Mr Peters never regained the use of his right arm and still walks with a limp.

"I wouldn't say I got back to good, but as good as possible," he said.

"I had to do a lot of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

"I had to learn to do my shoelaces with one hand, to drive with one hand, but I think I've had success."

Mr Peters said he hoped his book would inspire people in similar circumstances.

"If the book helps just one person in what they're going through, then that's my job done," he said.

"The aim of the book is to inspire stroke survivors to realise that life is not over after a stroke.

"It covers my fight for life and rehab, and outlines what I have been able to achieve after the stroke."

Mr Peters also reached out to former classmates and teachers from Mount Carmel who were there on the day of his stroke, so they could also share there own recollections of the incident.

Believe and Achieve - The Dane Peters Story is available now.