Chasing Goals

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 pick a city to explore in either Eastern or Western Canada. After achieving this goal, I plan to start  travelling outside of Canada.  This goal started when I visited Kamloops, … Continue reading Chasing Goals

Making Up For Lost Time

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 confusion, I had finally figured out what I wanted to do. Eight months into starting a new job in 2012, I had my stroke. At this point I had already … Continue reading Making Up For Lost Time

With Love from Sweden Part Two

Now let’s talk about the taboo around mental illness. Ever since I had my stroke in January-16 I’ve been depressed and have also been taking antidepressants.Shortly after I got home from the hospital, I considered ending my own life several times, or sometimes I just wanted to die without doing the deed myself. E.g. when … Continue reading With Love from Sweden Part Two

With Love from Sweden Part One

So, a lot has happened since my last post here. I have completed a Constraint-Induced (CI) therapy/training, which basically means that you wear an oven mitt on your non-affected hand and solely focus on using the affected hand both at physio and at home, and do muscle training as well as occupational therapy such as … Continue reading With Love from Sweden Part One

Ride For Heart

Help me raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation! I’m gearing up for that time of year again – the annual Ride for Heart event! It’s the largest charity cycling event in Canada. The money raised from this event will support heart disease and stroke research, which of course is a cause that I … Continue reading Ride For Heart

Volunteer Call Out

Interested in supporting stroke survivors? Join our team! When I started Life After Stroke a few years ago, it was simply to document and navigate my recovery journey. I did not anticipate how much my story would resonate with others but in seeing such positive responses, I recognized the importance of creating a safe space … Continue reading Volunteer Call Out

Up in the Air

After my first independent trip to Kamloops BC, I realized I caught the travel bug and curiosity to explore the rest of Canada.   Six months later, I planned another trip out west, this time to Edmonton, Alberta to visit a friend and his family. During my stay, my friend’s wife gave birth to their … Continue reading Up in the Air

The Unexpected Five Year Plan

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 sort of direction, up until I had my stroke     Five years ago, I really did not have a long-term plan for my life, I just took it day … Continue reading The Unexpected Five Year Plan

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