They thought I’d need care for life. Instead I’M the carer!


3.30am and still awake, remembering the excitement of yesterday!!!!

Yesterday was a special day indeed for me, a day when dreams and thousands of little goals finally became reality!!!
I applied for a job in care in the community last week (not expecting to get it of course)
After my story confidence in the work force in a new career isn’t my strong point.

Would rather not mention where, but blow me down I got it!!! Well… part time hours to begin with, but anyway it’s the little break I needed.

The day started with smashing an assignment at my college, and then I got the unexpected phone call! The news was the best I’d had in months and welcomed by the whole community care group – me, from a “blink with no hope” to a job helping disabilities in the community!!!

Me !!! Wowhooooo!!!!!

39 and starting again wasn’t really my life’s plan of course – ha ha – but I’m so happy right now (if I was rich in money  couldn’t be happier.)
I have always considered myself an underdog of life- a struggling failure at school,  cancer, then stroke – but just lately I feel I can do anything!

I am not an underdog; I am a English-cum-Aussie pit bull of life. And I’m winning it back!
They thought I would need a high level of care for the rest of my life but, through my defiance I am gonna GIVE care for the rest of my life!! And I’m just getting started!

Never listen to what you’re told you can’t do: Can’t is as it says “Can with a ” T” for Told ya so!!!!!!”

7 thoughts on “They thought I’d need care for life. Instead I’M the carer!

  1. I am so happy for you Peter. You have helped me and my family 10,000 miles away. You are a carer, care-giver, an inspiration with your determination. I have given your book to my family, asking them to put the book in stroke rehabilitation hospitals around the US. I found you 4 months after my son’s brain stem stroke, diagnosed as LIS, 2 years after yours. I watched all the You Tubes you so bravely put out there. You gave me hope. He also needs a new job (was music teacher). He is nearly all recovered though discouraged at guitar at which he was an ‘American fingerstyle’ expert. He has strabismus so double vision, eye patch. He is determined to ride a recumbant bike, applied for a grant to get one. He was 38 at LIS diagnosis, doesn’t remember 20 day coma, but has stories. Love from afar, and thanks. You can do it Champ. Congratulations. Yes ‘Can with a T’ told ya so.


  2. Congratulations Peter, you can do it Champ. You are a carer with the inspiration and determination to go the distance. You have been so much help to me and my family. My son was 38 at his brain stem stroke diagnosed LIS. Lots of ‘get used to the new normal’ chants and talk over his comatose head. Now 3 years after his goal is to ride a bike, He has strabismus and double vision but good balance and getting in shape. Discouraged by having been an exquisite ‘American finger style’ guitarist (and drummer and keyboards, and sax…) He doesn’t even want to listen to music much. But that will come. Again i thank you for the book, the website the cheering. I wish everyone would buy a book for their local stroke rehabilitation facility and hospitals. I have sent them around the US. I found you at month 4 when hospital people often said not to give false hope and your courageous writing and web page showed me hope. Lot’s of ‘can’ts” in the BSS/ LIS stroke wards. Can with a T for ’Told you so” yes. Please know how your words help 10,000 miles away um 16,093 km away. Thanks and good luck.


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