I usually encourage people, when life gets tough to keep fighting until you win. But there are times that the smart thing to do is to walk away and cut your losses. The trick is knowing when to stay and fight and when to walk away.
Being forced into early retirement by a disability of any kind may sound “lucky” to most people, but they often do not know the high price that was paid for early retirement.
Most every book tells a story, and every book has a story of why it was written. My debut memoir, it Doesn’t Define Me, is no exception to that rule.
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.