I used to play a lot of sports and had a very active lifestyle. The first goal in my recovery was to get back on my feet. It was important to me to be mobile. I did not want to depend on anyone to get from point A to point B. Everyone has different priorities. … Continue reading WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU


If there is one thing I can recommend to anyone on the road to recovery, it is this: don’t be afraid to try. It is better to try and fail than to fail to try. Always be willing to explore your options and leave no stone unturned. The concept of no risk, no reward is … Continue reading ALWAYS TRY


It’s always easy for people to make suggestions to a person on the road to recovery, especially when they are not in the same situation. This is when the phrase “ it’s easier said than done” comes into play.   People do not understand how strong a person on the road to recovery is, to … Continue reading OUTSIDE PRESSURE


I have always been a big believer of natural medicine. Prior to the stroke, I would have acupuncture done for any acute pain. Ayurveda is an ancient form of natural medicine from India. Numerous people had recommended that I go to India and have some Ayurveda done after they came to know of my stroke. … Continue reading MY AYURVEDIC EXPERIENCE


I am a big believer in the phrase “you live and you learn”. You can always learn something from any situation. After the stroke I became more organized,; I now plan ahead and set everything up well in advance, and that way, I am always ready for what’s ahead.   When you embrace the struggle … Continue reading EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE


I wake up every morning and tell myself “I can do this. At a certain point, it’s all in your mind”. I try to keep my mind calm and at peace in the morning as I start my day, and that way I can focus on the tasks at hand and not get distracted.   … Continue reading MIND OVER MATTER


The key to being independent after my stroke has been to plan ahead and be organized. If I have to go somewhere, I lay out my clothes the night before and pick out my shoes the morning of. I do not have to waste time searching for anything. I always give myself extra time in … Continue reading PLANNING AND EXECUTING


  My right bone flap was stored in my stomach after my first surgery, which is why I had staples on my stomach. The bone flap was surgically put back into my skull after six months, but up until then I had to wear a helmet whenever I walked.   When I was an inpatient … Continue reading STAY SOCIAL


Rebuilding confidence is the key to moving forward. When I started learning to walk again, I was constantly afraid of falling. To go forward, I realized that I had to overcome that fear. With each day at Toronto Rehab, I was able to get closer to my goal of walking out of there. The day … Continue reading GO FORWARD


  As I regained consciousness after the surgery, I noticed I had surgical staples on my stomach and head. I had no clue what had happened up until the doctor informed me that I’d had a stroke, which I did not take seriously or understand the severity of at the time.   I was awake … Continue reading WHAT CHANGED