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: