A look back at 17 years and counting of recovery from an ischemic stroke to my spinal cord.
Life is full of ups and downs, and unless you learn to find the upside during the darkest hours of…
Sixteen years ago, this morning, was the last day I walked without the assistance of mobility equipment before surviving an ischemic stroke to my spinal cord. As I sit and reflect on that life-changing event, I am recalling how the stroke changed my life, what I have regained, what I am thankful for, and what are my personal goals for coming year.
One of the worst side effects I live with from my stroke is the side effect of disorientations and confusion. At first, after my ischemic stroke to my spinal cord, disorientation and confusion occurred frequently. Over the years I have learned life hacks to prevent both the disorientation and confusion. For the most part, these life hacks work – last weekend at a Toastmasters speech competition they failed.
Back in 2004, sometime around groundhog’s day, I wanted to do something to help support myself and my new bride. But being physically disabled (still unable to walk or even stand on my own) and not completing even community college, job choices were very limited – until the day I found a job posting on the Modesto A’s website.