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This month marks two years after my stroke!
There have been a lot of struggles and a lot of challenges.
First of all because of what most people perceive as a rapid recovery and I was looking way too good! Here’s what I mean a stroke is a life altering event in many ways just because looking pretty good physically doesn’t mean I’m back hundred percent. There are things I struggle with daily. A lot of people say when they see me Sim you are looking good you must be back to normal.
The real truth is I’m back to normal but it is a “New Normal”.
When I had my stroke MY GET UP AND GO GOT UP AND WENT!
This means when I plan my day and my week I have to look at the events I’m going to that day and week, plan the rest of the day and week around it. Here’s what I mean if I have a business networking event in the morning it means I will not be going out after about 6 o’clock in the evening. Side effects of that would be about 2 to 3 day recovery.
And on the other hand if I am going out in the evening I try and take my morning at a more measured pace with some naps.
I’m getting pretty good at strategizing and juggling my schedule so I have some energy left.
I had the great opportunity to participate in the Richmond Centre for Disabilities event Invisible Illness Awareness Forum as a part of the panel discussion.
It was interesting to see all those from various walks of life who if you would walk up to you would consider “normal” with each having their struggles and each of them going through life trying to positively change things around them.
Most of their struggles unless you are really close to them you wouldn’t see and even those close to a person like that might not see all of them.
So remember that’s why they call them Invisible Illnesses.
Don’t just judge somebody from the outside until you get really get to know them.
One of my struggles this year has been getting overwhelmed with too many things.
First of all I’ve been trying to get my business back up and running then there’s my blog. My original goal for the blog was two a month it’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post. So my goal for this year is at least one post a month if you hear from me twice a month considerer it a bonus!
My hope in writing this blog was to be an encouragement to people that have had strokes that there is hope!
Also for families of those that have had strokes to see what life is like on the other side of the glasses looking out.
Along the way, I discovered that 80% of strokes are preventable!
With this in mind I’ve written an e-book that talks about things you should do before you have a stroke!
It’s an easy read about six pages but there are some very important resources and action steps!
Sign up for your free copy today!
Just remember be grateful for every day you have been given!