Pushing really hard and beyond, instead of staying in bed and feeling sorry for myself,showing compassion to myself and really appreciating the things I can do and I am capable of, self talking myself (it’s hard work) to not get bogged down in things that don’t matter and making each day my best, learning to think neutral and baby step thoughts instead of thinking just positive all the time, surrounding myself with those who matter has made me a lot more determined to never give up and reach my goals. Life is adaptable and there are ever changing circumstances whether you face challenges or not, that’s reality.
1 year, 8 months later, of which the toughest was 9 months in the neuro rehab. Now back in occupational and physio therapy, with just 3 more weeks left to go, finally got the much awaited news I have been pushing for a bit, knowing it will only do me good. I finally got approved to a gradual return to work plan, it’s a slow transition but a great start and I am so ready to take the next big step forward this mid June 2019
Our MIND is our most powerful tool & with that comes ATTITUDE, which is a little thing but makes a big difference. I don’t have control over every situation in my life, but when I wake up in the morning, I get to decide my attitude, if I want it to be my best day
– Permanent spinal cord damage, left arm severely nerve damaged, pins needles in the scalp, constant shocks in my body, all this could last 5 years or a lifetime
– Option, installing the spinal cord stimulator (this is for life, wires are installed along the spinal column. A surgical procedure I am not ready for)
Have heard it all & ACCEPTING my new normal gave me the ability to do the things I have been doing within my capacity.
Last appointment with my Neurosurgeon involved a detailed discussion of my reports & plan. A plan, which also includes me getting back to work. Yes, you heard that right😀 Quite shocked and surprised, but he knows me well, if I set my mind to something, I ain’t going to stop.
So, here I am back into a 8 week physio & occupational therapy to help me get to where I want to be with the wonderful team at CBI Health
Occupational therapists who specialize in concussion therapy ( still suffer symptoms of concussion after I had a fall from the stairs after surgery)
Physio Therapists, who will help me gain more strength in my left arm and fingers. Work on my left shoulder which has Suparscapular Neuropathy. An uncommon cause of shoulder pain and weakness, caused by direct trauma to the nerve.
They will work on strengthening my neck muscles so I can hold up my head for more than 3 hours
Kinesiologists, who will help with my ability to function better
And yes, I am going to continue to do the things I wish to do and stick to my plans without letting fear or the world’s perspective interfere with creating my own.
As I continue my journey towards my healing , I can’t thank you guys enough. Not going to pick names, but you know who you all are. They say you are a reflection of the company you keep, to my family, friends and well wishers, love you always💕
I fall several times
I pick myself up several times
I keep finding my balance to stand up for the life I truly want for myself
I tell myself
I am not just a survivor
I am a warrior 🧘♀️
Honored to be speaking at the Inspiration Series – Part 2 on April 25th, 2019
Posted by : Holistic Parent Magazine
Three events. Three speakers. Infinite inspiration.
Networking events brought to you by The Holistic Parent. Their unique events are geared towards connecting like-minded businesses and professionals together!
Part 2 features guest speaker Rashmi Sanjay, who will be speaking about how the worst moments of life can shape who we are for the better!
Rashmi has battled a rare spinal tumor and will be sharing her story with you! To read more about Rashmi and her journey battle a rare spinal tumor, read her article, Fighting With Faith, originally published in the Fall 2018 issue of The Holistic Parent: http://www.theholisticparent.ca/blog/2018/8/26/fighting-with-faith
Tickets are $15/event, includes coffee/tea and treats.
Each event will feature ample open networking time with many like-minded businesses, practitioners and professionals in a casual, welcoming environment.
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“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful ” – Malala
285 days in Neuro Rehab changed my life forever💫
On April 29th, I will be sharing my untold truth from a nightmare of being attacked by another patient the very first day I entered the neuro rehab (especially when you are completely trapped in your own body & unable to move) to spending the night in completely different area (amputee rehab) when hallucinations were at its peak. What life taught me very early on; to a choice I had of what I wanted to take from my journey and what I want YOU to take from my journey🌠
What a powerful night!!!! A room filled with women from different walks of life come together as one to hear and talk with these women with such powerful stories and an inspiration to many. A compelling conversation as they discuss the ways that being a woman has impacted their experiences, challenges, and successes in media, journalism and much more.
With the two award-winning journalists, Lisa LaFlamme a trailblazer for women in Canadian news, and has led the country’s #1 newscast as chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News and Michelle Shephard a journalist, author and filmmaker who as covered issues of terrorism and human rights since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During her two decades at the Toronto Star she reported from more than 25 countries. Formerly of the Toronto Star and now an independent documentary filmmaker
Lisa LaFlamme is a trailblazer for women in Canadian news, and has led the country’s #1 newscast as chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News since 2011. From her hometown of Kitchener, she went on to become a national and international correspondent, covering 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, the G20 riots, the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and every Canadian federal election since 1997. She has earned multiple awards, including Canadian Screen Awards for Best National Newscast in 2018 and Best National News Anchor in 2017. She was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2016.
Michelle Shephard is a journalist, author and filmmaker who as covered issues of terrorism and human rights since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During her two decades at the Toronto Star she reported from more than 25 countries, including Yemen, Syria and Pakistan. Her 2015 documentary Guantanamo’s Child premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Canadian Screen Awards. She has written two books: Guantanomo’s Child: The Story of Omar Khadr, and Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone. She is a three-time winner of the National Newspaper Award and has also earned the Governor-General’s Michener Award.
The event couldn’t have started better with such fun meeting and chatting with these ever so lovely and talented hosts Tara Connors from CHYM-FM, 96.7 FM, a Canadian radio station broadcasting and Lisa Drew from 570News, it was an absolute pleasure.
Finally we meet, what a lovely start to my day on International Women’s Day 2019 with this beautiful woman and friend Kelly Zemnickis. We met over a skpye call a few months back and in sharing and talking about our stories, we realized there was more than just a bond of a writer and storyteller. So glad our paths crossed and the more I get to know her, the more our friendship gets stronger.
Kelly a writer, documentary filmmaker and co-producer of the documentary film, No Responder Left Behind. A feature documentary on 9/11 activist John Feal, who fights for First Responders with terminal illnesses caused by Ground Zero Toxins and the lack of government support they have received in the years following the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
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From being this fearless, confident young girl, a teenager to a woman ready to take on anything, somewhere along the way in this journey of life, I didn’t realize that fear had started to slowly take over. Fear set in after I had multiple miscarriages, the fear of losing another child and then the fear still continued as a mother after I had two beautiful children.
Before I knew it , the way I started to look at the world around me changed after a very dear friend was murdered, my fears were much stronger and scarier and I had forgotten what it was to be fearless.
Early 2017, this life changing journey I was embarking on after being diagnosed of a rare spinal cord tumor in the cervical spine taught me to be FEARLESS again.
Thank you kpl for this platform where I will share my story, my journey, my highs, my lows, the power of communication & acceptance, the role of family & friends that made a difference in my outcome as I continue my journey
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Will be @leanincanada Kitchener-Waterloo Circle on March 15, 2019 from 12 noon – 2 pm for lunch, learning and “leaning in”! We meet at Communitech Hub
151 Charles St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6
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My 10 year old came home with this that’s left me emotional & speechless. Typed on her school computer during a paragraph writing class, from the 4 topics she picked – My Hero
When I gave that talk on grit & perseverance at a school with 300 odd students, she went around saying that’s my mom, little did I know, I was her Hero.
I wasn’t sure if I should share this, I am no expert on parenting but I know this, it’s not the expensive, fancy clothes, shoes or toys that kids remember or even care about in their crucial growing up years. At the end of the day, all your kid will remember is they were loved, they felt safe & they have all those beautiful memories of the time you spent together with them
Motherhood is a constant learning process for me & there are good & bad days. No matter what, they teach me to live in the present moment all the time for tomorrow is a day I haven’t seen yet