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It took a few days to settle into Toronto Rehab, since it was a new environment. Nevertheless, I started my rehab program immediately; I first met with an occupational therapist, who did an initial assessment, and then met with a physiotherapist, with whom I established my goals for the duration of my inpatient stay.

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Between rehab sessions, I had a lot of spare time so I started to reflect about my life; what I wanted to do and how I wanted to move forward. I started to search more about strokes on my cell phone just so that I could have a better understanding of what they are. As I browsed through social media sites, I started searching for stroke survivors and stroke recovery. From this, I came across a few stroke survivors on Instagram. I started following them and got inspired to start an account about my story in the hopes of inspiring and motivating other stroke survivors.

The stroke survivors I follow are:

 STROKE RECOVERY

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STROKE OF INSPIRATION

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RUNNING FROM STROKE

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PRAYERS 4 JUSTIN

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IMG_0549My main goal while I was an inpatient at Toronto Rehab was to get back on my feet and walk out on the day of my discharge, which I was able to do. When I started walking, I had to wear a helmet because my bone flap was still out. Initially, I also needed someone to support me as I walked, but with practice and concentration I was eventually able to walk on my own without any aid. After I was discharged, I decided that my goal was not to go back to where I was before the stroke but to come out better than that, hence my newly coined term, “Saj in progress”.

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On the road to recovery, I do not want to solely stick to the traditional forms of treatment; I also want to explore some natural medicines. Soon after the stroke, I started undergoing acupuncture to complement the therapy I was already receiving, which helped with pain management and spasticity. Now, I will be going to India for the month of February where I will be trying Ayurvedic treatment. When in India, I will be posting throughout my trip on Instagram. On your road to recovery, leave no stone unturned and explore all your options.     

One thought on “NOW WHAT

  1. Awesome!!!!!!! You are such a wonderful story!!!! I’m lookin forward to seeing India on IG 😁✌🏼️🙏👍🏼🌷

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