Holy cow; it has been 10 years since I had my stroke.
Thinking back, my future looked bright:
I was finally earning good money, starting to save for college, saving for retirement, putting savings into my HSA. Things were starting to click. Then BAM…the stroke hit me. My goals…gone. My life…changed. My future…unknown. I really didn’t think of the effect the stroke would have.
In the beginning, I lost my ability to use my right side. My wife was able to stay home with me and work on my recovery. My thinking was that I would be working is 6 months. How wrong I was!
With help from my wife, we worked through a few different options.
First, I wanted to get back into my business of consulting telemarketing reps. This was tough for me because I couldn’t talk. We both realized this in a few months. I still can’t believe Jill stayed with me though the terrible six months when I was feeling that I could talk; I couldn’t get out more than a sentence. Not good for a sales consultant!
Then I decided to work with Scott Olsen. Scott was a trainer and we both had similar clients. I would help him build his pipeline and offering the telesales training as a supplement to his training. We got off to a great start. Soon, I realized, that they were actually buying Jill…not me. I still couldn’t talk!
In the meantime, Jill prepared a speech for me that I wanted to deliver to my friends who got me thought these tough years. After 6 months of writing (for Jill) …and another 8 months of daily practice (for me), I was able to deliver my speech…1 time…to my audience.
You know how that turned out; you can look at my video clops over the past few years to look at the progress I have made: https://mybrainllc.com/check-out-this-5-minute-video-clip/
Not being able to talk was my biggest challenge. Even now, after feeling confident that I had a great conversation, I cringe with how terrible I sound when I play back the recording. How could I sound so great…in my head…and turn into sounding so bad.
It is what it is. Thank god for my disability income. I don’t know where I be without the little steam of money coming in each month.
There is ONE thing that DOES bother me: the loss of my car and the ability to drive:
That BMW was a fantastic car.