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.
Shortly after I Learned about my spinal cord injury while in hospital, I decided that I would make it my goal to get my life back. At that time getting my life back meant that I was to fully recover and be exactly the way I was when I walked into hospital a week earlier. What I didn’t learn, until several years later, that recovery is never a destination, it is a journey of a lifetime.
15 years ago, I survived an ischemic stroke to my spinal cord. As I look back over the past decade and a half, I can see that it’s been a long road getting from there to where I am today.