National Stroke Foundation Award – Improving Life After Stroke

Side by side with Alisha, who helped raise me to my feet!

Alisha 2


Today was an unbelievably proud day indeed! I hate showing off but if you have been following me you know me pretty well by now….I ain’t like that!

I think of others who are still fighting and know exactly what they’re thinking: “Will I ever get there?” “I can’t see any change.” “I just want my life back!”  You know I know how it feels; that’s why I wanted to share this with you.

Do you remember Alisha Anderson, my physio from Fiona Stanley Hospital? Well!! Get this!!!!

As you know I was just a paralysed dead-weight when I was first wheeled into her gym. Well yesterday I was standing side by side with the great Alisha – BOTH OF US!!!! – collecting an award together from the Stroke Foundation (WA) as a “Improving Life After Stroke” finalist!!

To you guys it’s just a story, but to me it was a realisation of just how far I’d come. Just unbelievable!!! I just had to get a picture, and I got a real corker!! (See above) Just goes to show you can keep knocking down the rule books, ey!

It’s funny really – the rehab started with Alisha and my journey has kind of ended with Alisha.

Again I didn’t expect that!!! Expect the unexpected when you give it all you got and never ever give in!!!

Thanks to the National Stroke Foundation (WA) for the finalists award – You guys are awesome!!!



Just want to say a big ‘Thanks’ to everyone who has been following and supporting me since I first began this blog. I’m planning to take a break from blogging for a while as I’ll be busy with my health care assistant course and generally getting on with life! Feel free to email me with any comments or concerns and I’ll do my best to reply. In the meantime, you can check out my story on my latest video!

Goal-setting is another way of saying, “Do it! Keep trying until you can!

I’m running around today – getting references, copying my passport/driver’s licence, updating my CV…. I gotta be ready. My health assistant course must be applied for by December 2nd – Next week!!! So glad David my speechy pulled this course out of the links from Stroke Foundation. I’m also grateful to Zona Rens, lecturer in Health Sciences at Curtin University, who has been an amazing mentor to me.  It just feels so right, like it’s  tailor-made for me after everything I’ve experienced. I now have a passion deeply implanted in my soul, to free others and help their recoveries.
It may take some years to get in to my final area that’s best suited but it’s the first solid direction I’ve had and I’m soooo excited!!! Big time!!! I don’t value money so much after my life; being happy in my soul, a car that starts and a wage I can live on – that’s everything. Well, apart from a healthy lifestyle, of course. I guess my journey is almost complete. I may blog on finishing my course or something, but I’m gonna be very, very busy using the grey matter this next year… So I will leave some final words to anyone who has followed my story:
If you feel you can’t do it, or if you BELIEVE you have no hope, or find yourself alone, don’t give up. With determination, a strong will, discipline and obsession, your life can improve. Every stroke is different and I’m sorry if you can’t achieve all you may wish for , but after my stroke, I found that when I tried and tried and still try, it has and continues to improve.
A lot of people stop trying after years – but you don’t stop growing at 2 years of age. That’s my point: Try, try, try for years upon years – Challenge yourself, push yourself as much as you can, regularly! They’re right about goal-setting – that just another way of saying “Do it!! Keep doing it till ya CAN! Good luck out there! Be strong, eat well, and work your ass off!”
I am Peter Coghlan, signing off. Thanks for following!