One small step for man

“Ugh,” I groan as I drop the block from my rather tenuous left-handed grasp. I’ve been struggling for the better part of the hour-long therapy session with a weak hand that won’t cooperate. How long will it take to accomplish such a simple task? How many more repetitions stand between me and and regaining aContinue reading “One small step for man”

Fast Fwd: Disability Dialogues, Interview 1: Find Your Success, Disability ≠ Failure

Name: Miqdad   Location: Maysan Governorate, Iraq   Governorate of Mesan   “Today I am studying a BSC in Business Administration and excelling in my studies.  I have many friends who love and respect me and who I also love and respect.  My disability is related to movement and is concentrated in my right hand.  I do mostContinue reading “Fast Fwd: Disability Dialogues, Interview 1: Find Your Success, Disability ≠ Failure”

New Job, New Apartment, (and Most Importantly), New Cocktail Recipe 🍸

I’ve not been very active on my blog lately, so there are lots of updates to share. Earlier this year, I accepted a new full-time job in my dream industry, fashion. My office is not that close to my parents’ house, so in the spirit of change I decided to take another big leap ofContinue reading “New Job, New Apartment, (and Most Importantly), New Cocktail Recipe 🍸”

The End of an Era // New Beginnings

I realize it’s been some time since I updated my blog. In my defense, the past few months have been CRAZY. Tomorrow I’ll be beginning a new job, and I just signed the lease for my first apartment. That’s right, I’m finally moving out! Big changes involving my career and independence are happening and IContinue reading “The End of an Era // New Beginnings”

The Long and Winding Road

There’s a first time for everything, right? Ever since my stroke, I have faced a lot of firsts:  my first time standing up from a wheelchair, my first steps, my first time moving my left arm. The list goes on.  A couple of months ago I found myself facing yet another first: my first forayContinue reading “The Long and Winding Road”

Oktoberfest 2020: The greatest adventure to never happen

¨Prost!¨ I exclaimed, clinking my stein of beer against those of my friends and the random German guys we had acquired as friends for the afternoon. I was in a state of absolute bliss. My trip to Munich turned out to be an unexpected collision of friends from many different walks of life, and IContinue reading “Oktoberfest 2020: The greatest adventure to never happen”

Facebook Live conversation with stroke survivor, speaker, and author Paul Cummings

On September 7, 2020 I had the honor of being a guest on the podcast of fellow stroke survivor Paul Cummings. We chatted about my new book, Fast Fwd: The Fully Recovered Mindset, and the importance of a positive attitude in transforming the trajectory of your recovery. You can watch our interview here. Connect withContinue reading “Facebook Live conversation with stroke survivor, speaker, and author Paul Cummings”

It’s not just for wrinkles

This week I am thrilled, practically bouncing off the walls at my doctors´office. “Christmas came early this year,” I joyfully exclaim to my doctor. “I’m getting my Botox injections!” ___________________________________________________________________ For all the skeptics out there, let me explain. Every three months, I go see my doctor, a specialist in brain injury medicine, for injectionsContinue reading “It’s not just for wrinkles”

Mother Knows Best

As much as I hate to admit it, my mom is (almost) always right. Since I had my stroke, I’ve been living back home with my parents, undergoing all sorts of intense rehab and taking baby steps towards independence. My ultimate goal is to reach a point where I can move out and live successfullyContinue reading “Mother Knows Best”