In late 2020, I was on a path to desperately find some well-deserved enlightenment. I had a great job and was slowly clawing my way up the career ladder and thought that the more hours and tasks I took on, the more people would count on me and make me feel valued. To me, If I felt “needed,” I would find joy. In my spare time—not that I had much—I would try to connect with my children (ages 21, 12 and 10). I would do what I could to be a good, fun parent, but it never felt like enough. I never felt enough, and I became deeply depressed. To try and combat this, twice a week, with just a little of my extra free time, I would hit the mats and do 60 minutes of cardio kickboxing with my trainer.
Walking was one of my favourite activities and my primary mode of transportation. Becoming a young stroke survivor almost took that ability from me.
My name is TJ and I am a young stroke survivor. On October 10, 2018, I suffered a stroke and had to undergo a craniotomy at the age of 33. This was my journey.
One of the leisure goals I set for myself after returning to work was to explore Canada as much as I could. Each year I
One of my worries at the time of my stroke was what happens to my career now? It was a concern because after years of
After my first independent trip to Kamloops BC, I realized I caught the travel bug and curiosity to explore the rest of Canada. Six
Over the past five years, as I gained confidence year by year, I have pushed myself to do things I would have been scared to
Five years ago, today (November 29th, 2012), my life changed. I was working in an industry that I really liked, enjoying life and had some
People often forget to embrace the moment and live in it. It’s unfortunate to miss the beauty of a single moment as you may not
One of my setbacks post stroke was losing sight in my left eye. I have been through a few surgeries and the odds of recovering