Perth underdog dares to believe!  

Pete and Warren at the Gymn

With my new trainer Warren at Surge Gym, Clarkson

The last 7 years of my life have been absolute hell.

Struggling from quadriplegia, learning to communicate with only my eyes, learning to breathe again on my own and – the final indignity – being fed baby food until I was able to hold a spoon! For a 33-year old ex-squaddie-cum-martial arts enthusiast-cum-builder-cum-runner, this was quite a comedown, I can tell you!

After waking from coma after my stroke, I was totally paralysed, unable to do anything except blink. I had to learn absolutely EVERYTHING again – walking, talking, eating and even breathing. But I did it. 6 months and 1 day after a massive brain stem stroke left me locked-in, I managed, albeit shakily, to walk out of hospital and into an uphill struggle from then on.

So you’ll forgive me for confessing: “I am extremely proud to have found my feet again – not just in a physical sense. At the same time, my experience has humbled me, and I will always be very grounded!!

You don’t just get through locked-in syndrome and think: “Oh well crack open the beers and spark up”.

It’s made me completely O.C.D. from my P,T.S.D. Yet it’s changed me into ME! – only a little more introverted I guess, a little more distant from the world. Hey, it’s even turned me almost pescatarian (that’s fish-eater to me and you!) – I feel stronger for it. I’ve got used to the new Pete and I’m content with bugger all! I know what that REALLY means now!

For the last 7 years almost, I’ve spent most nights in the gym, getting my body to work again. The gym is my church for mental and physical health and once I walked in there nothing else in life mattered. Just me, the music and my obsessive mission to be strong again!

3 months ago, I joined Surge Gym, Clarkson. I’ve never lived so close to a gym before -ever so have taken that as a sign from the force above.

I dare to believe I can be a body builder!

Yes I know. I thought I’d just stop and get on with my life -,but working out has become my life now and I need to see just how far I can push this battle-worn carcass of mine!

I recently met this Personal trainer in Surge called Warren who’s taken me under his wing. Sadly, when he was 20, his mother was cruelly taken away from him with a stroke. .
You know when you’re being guided! I swear you’re given signs in this life! But you still have a choice, E

ither follow these signs or just believe in nothing and moan about stuff! As for me, I believe when your cards are dealt you must play the best hand you can!

I might be dead soon, so having fought so hard for the life I have left, I personally want to put my absolute best hand on the table. I’ve realised my curse has become my drive for life and now I’m going for it!

I am doing this for me!

I am doing this for locked-in syndrome survivors!

I am doing this for stroke/brain injury survivors!

I am doing this for everyone who is fighting against the odds!

But most of all, I am doing this because no one believed I could!

WARREN – Let’s show ‘em bro!

 

WA leading the way in medical research!

 

My Story…

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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