There was a time when I thought my life was over…and I was
only 42 years old. A massive stroke hit
me out of the blue and plunged me into a six-year nightmare.
Robbed of my career, my active life, and my independence, I
was lucky to be alive. But it didn’t seem
that way to me. I woke up from a
two-week coma to find myself completely paralyzed on the right side of my body
and dependent on others to do almost everything.
Despite tremendous help from my family, I was like a
prisoner in the four walls of my house. Feeling isolated and frustrated doing
the simplest tasks, I became despondent…until I heard about the Stroke Recovery
Canada® Program. They were there for me
and changed my life for the better…and continue to make a difference in my
Peer support and all of the elements of the program have
been invaluable in my recovery. The
people at March of Dimes taught me how to manage my disability and do stroke
aftercare, and provided the peer support to help me realize I was not
alone. They got me “out of the corner”
and helped me get my confidence back. My life is back on track and I have March
of Dimes…and my wife…to thank!
Today I have so much to look forward to in my life. My wife Cattarina and I are soon to celebrate
our fourth wedding anniversary. I am an
active member and volunteer for my local Stroke Recovery Canada® peer support
group…and I am now a member of March of Dimes Canada Board of Directors. None of this would have been possible without
my involvement in the program!
and member of March of Dimes Canada Board of Directors