The Calm Before the Store – Per Nilsson

  A little summer update from Sweden: Since my last guest post I have turned 25; I celebrated it with close friends and dinner and drinks in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, where my work is located (550 km from where I live atm). I went there by train on my own (pushed myself and … Continue reading The Calm Before the Store – Per Nilsson

I Lost My Sight But Found A Vision

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 my sight have not been that great . I have adapted and moved forward, not letting it hold me back.   Since this has affected my peripheral vision, I have … Continue reading I Lost My Sight But Found A Vision

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU

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

THE JOB OFFER

Towards the last few weeks of my placement at PNR Railworks, my boss asked me to write out everything I had been working on from the beginning of the placement until that point.  He suggested that we could use it to create a job description. I spent my 6th week documenting everything I worked on, … Continue reading THE JOB OFFER

RETURN TO WORK

  Prior to the stroke, I was working on the railroad as a Signals and Communication Maintainer for PNR RailWorks. It was a hands on job and I loved it, considering I was a hands on kind of guy. I was working full-time and was given a truck through work. There was never a day … Continue reading RETURN TO WORK

PLANNING AND EXECUTING

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

GO FORWARD

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