Three years ago I had a stroke. I couldn’t say my name, and typing with my right hand was almost impossible. It took me a few weeks to get some of my fingers on my right hand to learn how to type again. It took close to 6 months to stop stuttering. As a writer, if I had lost my ability to write and speak I have no idea what I would have done
If I had broken my leg people would understand, but when something is invisible people don’t get it- or understand your inner frustrations. They say after a stroke you turn into a different person–behaviours and emotions change because our brains have been injured. Some days I get angry because I don’t remember people’s name or faces that I have known for years. Then there are days I don’t even remember where my car is parked after I walk out of the RBC. And– I will never play the piano again as I can’t seem to focus on the notes. But that might have been a blessing to listening ears.
I guess what I am trying to say with all of this is: I am sure some days some of you wonder how you are going to get over the hurdles. Having a business or issues can be frustrating some days. But like me you need to take each day as it comes and never ever look back. It’s so easy to give in to feelings of self-doubt and back down from challenges. Each and every day I go through this on a personal level, and question why. But I believe that Maya Angelou had it right-
You’ve got to grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. Or, give it the very best shot you have.
See you June 6 at Ladies Who Lunch in Carleton Place. I am looking forward to meeting you.