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

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

It’s been four years since I had my stroke. If there is one thing I have realized, it is that I am truly blessed. I was at the right place at the right time when all my signs and symptoms started to surface. I ended up at a great hospital and in good hands.   … Continue reading COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

ALWAYS TRY

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

YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOURSELF

Recovery requires a lot of patience, even if the people around you are impatient. At the end of the day you know what is best for you regardless of anyone’s opinion.   People are always going to give you their two cents and recommendations; their intentions may be good but they have no clue of … Continue reading YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOURSELF

BACK TO SCHOOL

I figured that with all my spare time I should do something to better myself, so I decided to go back to school. I enrolled into the retail management certificate program at Ryerson University.   Considering I had worked in the retail industry prior to the railroad, I thought it would be a good path … Continue reading BACK TO SCHOOL

FAMILY AND SUPPORT

One of the biggest contributions to my recovery is my family’s support. They have been right by my side from the very beginning. They stayed with me at the hospital for the few days I was there after my stroke. Mom was flying to England to see her mother when it happened, but she caught … Continue reading FAMILY AND SUPPORT

FINDING INSPIRATION

I love to be inspired; inspiration keeps me motivated. Reading about people overcoming their struggles inspires me the most. Since I have been given a second chance at life, I decided that regardless of how this journey turns out, I want to motivate and inspire people. I refuse to disappoint myself and give up.   … Continue reading FINDING INSPIRATION

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

LIFE LESSONS

There is something to be learned from every situation. Personally, I am the kind of person who learns things the hard way. If you tell me not to do something, there is a high chance that I am going to do it and find out the consequences for myself. Experience is a good teacher. You … Continue reading LIFE LESSONS

EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE

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