A striking change in what happened in 2016 was the loss of sensation in one of Perkins’ hands, who was diagnosed with a stroke after he was hospitalized.
The second-generation star, who kept the medical episode almost secret for the next five years, is now open to philanthropic work with the Stroke Foundation.
This is the second important health-related challenge faced by a 34-year-old who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006.
“When I woke up, I felt sick in my hands,” Perkins told autosport.
“We found out that we had a stroke blood clot in the hospital later that day. There was a lot to understand at that age, which is not what you are familiar with in your twenties.
“I felt numb when I slept with my head in my head. It usually doesn’t take long to get back on track, but in this case, after a few hours, I had more pain. From my fingers to my elbows.
“I went to work, but it didn’t get better, so I started to worry. I took myself to the hospital to get a little understanding of what it was.
“After they did a lot of tests, I met a neurologist. They did a few more tests to confirm that he was suspicious based on his experience. He was on target. “
At that time, Perkins was regularly competing as an enduro driver for the Walkinshaw Racing Team in both the Australian sports sedan series and supercars.
However, the stroke had little direct effect on his race, and within a few days of the stroke most of his sensations returned to his hands and rested during the course of about a month of rehabilitation work.
But he admits it wasn’t exactly the same as before the stroke.
“I feel like I’m almost back to normal that day,” he said. “But my hands and arms needed a little rehabilitation.
Jack Perkins, Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden
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“When I was in the hospital, 90% or 95% of it came back, but over time the last few percent improved.
“I’m 99.99 percent [recovered] Now, sometimes I have the feeling that I know it’s not the same as it was before the stroke. But I’m not lacking in functionality. That is wonderful. “
Regarding keeping strokes secret, Perkins added: It was no different from my medical team and this too.
“For me, when talking about a particular health problem, there is an element of overreaction. I experienced diabetes problems almost 10 years ago, so I didn’t need to overreact to what happened. What happened? You need to analyze what happened and how you fix it.
“My medical team around me was convinced that the risk of causing any more side effects was very low, and my recovery was great, so I decided not to talk about it.
“But I’ve always read stories of people with strokes that interfere with my life, and after nearly 15 years of diabetes charity activity, I felt my position could help others. ..
“That’s my purpose. It’s about promoting philanthropy and cause, not advertising.”
He also states that motorsport is important in how it has overcome two serious health conditions over the last 15 years.
“Some people are worse than me. I’m lucky to be able to manage what I’ve experienced,” Perkins said.
“Motor racing is a big motivation for me because I can give up. The most difficult thing was when the neurologist told me that I could pay for life insurance.
“But motor racing is worth more than money for me, so it’s a tremendous motivation.”
Perkins, alongside Will Brown at Erebus Motorsport, will launch the 16th consecutive Bathurst 1000 later this year.
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