I think most successful people in business and life have some degree of determination.
True determination comes when someone tells you that you can’t do something and all
you want to do is prove them wrong.
It’s when something serious and or catastrophic happens. You’re lying in the hospital.
Things don’t look good. We hear stories all the time of someone who was told there
was nothing that could be done for them, they’d never walk or work again. Here a couple
A stroke patient had a very serious stroke. The doctor said there wasn’t much they could
do for him; the prognoses didn’t look good. After a lot of hard work, determination and
very supportive wife who advocated for him, especially when he couldn’t. He is now back,
not a 100%, but back doing his artwork.
Another is Robert Wickens Indy driver. Involved in a horrific crash causing a catastrophic
spinal injury, neck fracture, fractures in both arm, both legs, both hands and four
fractured ribs. Robert set goals for himself; to walk again, to dance at his upcoming
wedding and to get back to racing.
Last fall he stood, leaning on a walker, and said his wedding vows. Later he danced
with his bride. He has recently started walking with a cane slowly.
All good things in recovery start slow.
Both of these men came back from debilitating injuries. They were determined,
they worked very hard and had amazing their wives and family.
Remember never give up, recovery is not a sprint it’s a marathon.
Every year treatments and therapies get better improving outcomes.
The reason for this blog is to offer help and support for stroke survivor’s recovery journey.
As a stroke survivor I’ve been there.
Also important is the family that may have questions. The more information a family member wife/caregiver has the more they can help the survivor.
The most important people in my recovery is my wife and family. They are always there
for me, to encourage me.
Some of my best inspiration has come from other members of Peers Fostering Hope
and the Patient Family Advisory Committee (PFAC). We are all after one thing and
that is to help make the recovery journey a little smoother for the stroke survivor and family.
Please use first names. If I write about a survivor, I will use first names only unless it is a
public figure and their stories have been published.
If you would like to ask me a question in private you can email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will try to answer everyone in a timely manner. If I don’t know the answer and can’t
find it, I will let you know.