For 12 years, I‘ve coined February as my personal “Stroke Appreciation Month”. And we all know my shenanigans of celebrating and reflecting on the cause and the journey. This month yet again, I shall attempt to push the limits and inspire all of you who have been a part of my recovery.
After my second go-around this past September (an ischemic clot and a completely separate incident from the hemmoragenic bleed as a result of my surgery years ago) the doctors and professionals agreed unanimously that at my age and degree of life and health, I am a bit of an anomaly. I feel that I’ve embraced the challenges in recovery and never let personal goals fade due to disabilities handed to me. And at some point between hospitals, therapy, and recovery, I began to embrace the challenge especially years later when I started to notice that my story inspired those around me…Especially Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury survivors, healthcare professionals, and the caregivers whose lives were also impacted by disability and challenges of loved ones. I’m neither a therapist nor doctor, but I’ve lived it! And for myself to give anyone in my shoes a bit of hope and sound direction is of the best feelings I can think of. It drives me to be better physically and mentally and to push on to live a full and enjoyable life.
I had a wonderful run with the same logistics company for 16 years, which brought with it experience, a degree of success, and some of the best memories of my life. Certain opportunities have a shelf life and I decided in December to follow suit and sell my business back to our corporate office in order to focus on my “Passion Project” which has been in the works for almost a full year to this point. With outstroken.com (now over 1,000 followers strong), I feel this is the right time to follow my head and my heart on this path.
I will be relocating to Dallas, Texas in a couple short weeks to start an organization focusing on Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury consultation on a national scale with the goal of building a foundation. A huge hospital base, logistical travel sense, professional connections in the area, and of course, my partner in adventure who has put countless hours of time and knowledge into building this business model out, makes the transition a no-brainer as I see it. I had a goal a few years back to relocate to a major metropolitan area to start this new venture. So this is it and time is now!
Thank you all for your continued support and I will keep you updated on the progress of everything in the Lone Star State!