Taking Flight

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 do during the first year of my stroke. Going out and about on my own was the first major milestone I reached in my journey to independence and recovery in … Continue reading Taking Flight

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

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY

Always make an effort to do the things that make you happy;  even the little things count.       Photography is something that makes me happy.  I enjoy getting out with my camera and shooting around the city. Just after my stroke, I went out to High Park in Toronto to take pictures of … Continue reading THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY

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

STAY SOCIAL

  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

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

WHAT CHANGED

  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