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

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

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

Live in the Moment

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 get it back.     When having physical deficits, it is very liberating to make impulse decisions and act upon them. I try not to make plans, but rather take … Continue reading Live in the Moment

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

Live Life A Little

In life, some people let fear hold them back; sometimes it’s the fear of rejection or the fear of failing. This fear hinders us from experiencing our true potential.   You can take a chance or lose the opportunity. What is the worst that can happen? What if it works out? If not, you can … Continue reading Live Life A Little