An ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ Goodbye – from Peter Coghlan

Well, a decision has to be made. I am sick of living on my own and it’s time to make changes……

With my 40th fast approaching, I’m moving in with a friend, putting all my stuff in storage and going on my first ever cruise.

This is the start of a new chapter in my life…..a new beginning…..I’m making it happen! 👊

The pain and suffering in my life has slowly disappeared through hard work, obsessive behaviour and my stubborn belief in a better tomorrow.

I would never have dreamed I’d be taking my mum on a cruise after her radiotherapy treatment.  And after having gone through cancer myself, then brainstem stroke and LIS I reckon we both deserve a break. Thanks to my new job, I saved a bit of money for this amazing treat. Whooohoo!

I feel very proud and lucky to have found the strength to get my body going again – from a blink & 1/2 a millimetre flicker in my right thumb to where I am now!

Although I have further goals to achieve, today’s the day I start living again…after riding the lightning for too bloody long!
“I am ready”👊

This may well be the last ever post on my blog as I move forward with my private life!

I hope anyone else with stroke, ABIs or personal battles can benefit from my story in some way….sometimes ‘evidence-based collective medical information’ can be challenged!  That’s all I wanted to prove and to give others hope.

That being said I’m so proud of the medical system and the first class treatment I received to give me a chance to rise again. Do not confuse this with a cure; it’s been bloody hard work! The struggle…the tears …pneumonia…pillow pushing…learning to talk…learning to walk..the endless knocks and falls…learning to drive…work…divorce…education!

I’m now a support worker in disability in the community (think that’s a first from a locked-in syndrome survivor) and who knows where this road will take me!

My obsession from day one has got me here. From waking with no eyesight, hearing the doctors say, “He may need a peg feed – it’s too early to tell,” I refused to accept my fate.

I’ve come out a different man that’s obvious, but I like me now more, I think! I guess I still have confidence issues and a lot more goals to work on, but that’s to be understood. In time I WILL grow even stronger!

Thank you for following my unbelievable story; I hope my life, above all, has peace now.

Before I go off sailing on my well-earned holiday, I’ve had a video made to motivate others.

Finally, whenever you feel alone in this world, and you can’t see a way forward, just think of my story and keep on punching, guys! Focus hard…get obsessive…use your pain and, most of all, “believe in tomorrow”.

AND NEVER GIVE UP 👊

Pete Coghlan signing off, Easter Sunday 2017.  God bless every fighter out there!

Hope you enjoy my video link:

You can still find me on Facebook Facebook.com/petercoghlanintheblinkofaneye or follow me on Twitter @PeterCoghlan1

 

 

 

Stand tall and smile!

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This message goes out to all those people who don’t post or blog or tweet. The secret watchers and readers and the people who find themselves alone, or living with health issues.

You may be a carer or just struggling to see hope.I take my hat off to those of you who, like me, live in the real world of hurt and day-to-day-pain, who struggle n fight most days. I may be winning my life’s battles, but I’m fully aware of the pain around me.

So to all my fellow fighters in the war of wills n mind over matter, I say:

Hold onto hope!!  Keep your smile!! Try n stand tall!! Don’t let the bastards grind ya down!!

Tomorrow is a new day!! A day can change your life!!

Don’t listen to doubters! Where there’s a will there’s a way!

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I felt a little guilty after posting my recent pictures, as I know there’s so many out there still battling. But the pictures were to show people following my story just how far I have come. These are proud pictures for me, as I know just how hard the pain has been to get here.

Millions of memories of my past….Some cut me very deep. Some drove me. A lot I try to forget, but never will. Each memory has shaped me into the man I am today. I have learned much more than I wanted to learn in this life. I hope the future can show me healing and continued peace.

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Spring is coming here in Perth; the blue skies are returning, filling me with a new fresh attitude. I will go on pushing myself day by day and continue to tell my story in the hope that it fuels other recoveries while helping people learn more about strokes; how they can destroy lives. But Will…..strong Will….can overcome those daily battles – from eating to walking.

Please continue to try out there. It may seem like you’ll never improve but hopefully my story, the book and my blogs will  prove to you that where there’s a will there’s a way!  Don’t listen to doubters!!! Just listen to your mind and keep plugging away. Stop when YOU wanna stop.

I hope sharing my deepest thoughts and videos along the way have helped you somehow. My life has been open to you for over 4 years and now I’ like to hide! Hahaha, fat chance!!!

Better get back to painting this fence. Before I pick up the brush again, I’ll leave you with my favourite famous quote:
“What you do today can change tomorrow!” 
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