Suffering A Stroke, Then Finding Opportunities

I had a stroke in June 2011 and went through a complete transformation of self, learning so much from facing such a life-altering experience that almost killed me. The biggest questions in my mind became “What’s really important in life?” and “How do I create a new life for myself?”

We are presented with opportunities from one minute to the next throughout our lives, good and bad. When the opportunity comes in the form of a life-altering experience such as mine, our choices of how to handle it will either propel us forward on a journey of inner peace or make us sink in the quicksand of despair. And I determined I wasn’t going to sink!

One of my mantras was “Never give up!” Never underestimate what you can achieve when you believe in yourself! Believing in yourself doesn’t come from “with-OUT”; it comes from within, from that heart-centered place where our god/dess essence resides.

It’s about having self-love. It’s about knowing that you have something to offer the world – your special gift, whatever it is. It’s about knowing that no matter what your situation is, you have the wherewithal to meet that challenge head on and deal with it.

Life’s journey is full of magic – the marvelous, the miraculous and the wonderful – but it’s not without its hurdles along the way. And when we come to these bumps in the road, we need to have faith and believe that the Universe “has our back” and will be our pillar of strength, propping us up and propelling us forward.

When we surrender to God, the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent power in all of us, magic happens. When we are in the presence of this inner personal power, we are transformed, and when we are transformed, our world is transformed, because the world is only a reflection, a macrocosm of our microcosm. We are all part of the Divine…..Continue reading on

Erica is a Reiki master, massage therapist, life coach and the author of Radiant Survivor.

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Rosemary H.
Rosemary H4 years ago

Jenevieve, you are inspirational!

There are strokes... and strokes. I never saw eye to eye with my father, but I overcame this by feeling nothing but compassion for him towards the end of his life, after a number of strokes.

However I prefer to tell stroke patients (I won't say victims) about my meeting with Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two men to climb Everest in 1953. He'd had a stroke, swo he no longer climbed, but when we met he was trekking in the Himalayas at an altitude of about 12,000 feet.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

It's a damn shame it usually takes something huge and personal to come to terms with the important things in life. Seems until you're knocked down and made to take time, there was no time to explore the gifts and endless possibilities each new day offers, why is that?

True we don't always get what we want, equally true we usually get what we need. Sometimes we have to look hard and long, but hindsight will prove this out.

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

Thanks - serious setbacks bring one's courage to the fore.........

Andy Kadir-buxton

Stoke can knock down your IQ, this happened with Dolly Parton. She was sent a tape of logical progression and was soon up to 500, the tape used to be free to download from her website.

Melissa F.
Melissa DogLover4 years ago


Amandine S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Edo R.
Edo R4 years ago

Thanks for sharing!