As I progress through my recovery, I have discovered quite a few strengths and skills that I possess, that have played a key part in my recovery.
It turns out that I am really good at being organized and being able to plan, schedule and execute my day-to-day activities. This has been helpful with my transition back to work. I lay out my clothes the day before and wake up at 4:30am every morning to give myself ample time to get myself together and out the door to catch the bus without any stress.
Public speaking was one of my biggest fears prior to the stroke. But after attending Toastmasters, I discovered that I’m pretty good at it. Recently, I was invited to give a group presentation about my journey to a few stroke survivors at my old rehab centre. My hope was to inspire and provide perspective, which I was glad I was able to do. This past week, I was asked to give a speech at a really close friend’s wedding, which I would have been hesitant about prior to the stroke . I said yes and did it. It was the first time I had given a speech to a room full of people and it went better than expected.
In all honesty, I feel like I am starting from scratch and discovering certain things about myself. I am getting a chance to recreate myself and build a better version of myself. This setback is the platform for my comeback.