Words by Ralph.
There are many things I am proud to have accomplished in my life. Today, I am proud to add stroke survivor to that list. March of Dimes Canada helped me get my life back.
My stroke left me feeling like I lost everything in an instant. I became a guy who could not dress himself. I needed assistance with pretty much everything. I felt helpless, but most of all scared.
Thankfully, I learned about March of Dimes Canada Conductive Education® (CE) Program and all the ways in which they help stroke survivors return to independent life. Having already been in physical therapy for almost two years, I was skeptical as to how much more they could do for me. But participating in their Stroke and Fitness Program, I soon learned that I needed to stop focusing on what I couldn’t do and instead channel my energy into finding solutions to reach my milestones.
It’s been a long journey but one I am proud to have made. Through MODC I have been clawing back to the point where I now live alone and I can do most of my daily chores independently. With each passing day, I regain more and more of my self-worth and dignity; I am no longer the guy who needs help with everything.
When you suffer a stroke, you lose everything in a matter of seconds, and it takes the rest of your life to gain it back. March of Dimes Canada taught me if I want it back, I have to work for it. It’s been three years since my stroke and I plan on working hard every day to get better and live as normal a life as I can. The only thing that can stop a stroke survivor from getting better is giving up. I’m not giving up.
I wouldn’t be where I am now without you. Thank you.
If you’d like to help other stroke survivors like Ralph, please visit: https://marchofdimes.akaraisin.com/SpringGivingMay2018