Perspective on change

I had the coolest of cool jobs, I did triathlons, and was in a boot camp fitness that met at 5:30 AM.  It was pretty awesome, despite that it was early.

When we were hit, my life changed.  I’d thought for the worst, because of what happened.  I couldn’t swim.  I couldn’t ride a bike.  I couldn’t run.  I could go on, but you get the point.   What happened since then is more awesome than awesome, to the mind-boggling level.    It’s like that cartoon, because the man whose about to lose his head can’t for the life of him see anything according to the king.   But, it’s somewhat like me, because you never know what will come of change, and with the right perspective, it’ll be awesome.  My Not-For-Profit is something that’s going to be more awesome than awesome, and ultimately, it’ll blow people’s minds.  I’ve got plans, big ones, that will take time, but when they’re running, people won’t believe it.

Too awesome – not only golf, pros will be there, you’ll help raise funds, but best of all, I’ll be there!

Holy awesome  Batman, in 2 months something awesome will be happening!  If you golf, not only will you be able to play an awesome course,  maybe win some more-than-awesome prizes, but I’ll be there!

Join us on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 for the 3rd Annual Shoot for a Cure Golf Tournament Presented by Permobil at the Richmond Hill Golf Club for a great day out on the links!

Plan ahead, and register your foursome now, spots are filling up quickly!

Register online!

Shoot for a Cure is a fundraising campaign of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO), the American Spinal Research Organization (ASRO) and the StopConcussions Foundation
integrating professional and amateur sports/sporting events, corporate sponsorship and community partnerships, which includes other non-profits and non-governmental organizations. Our goal is to raise funds, increase awareness and assist in prevention and cure of neurotrauma injuries.

What I share with kids at PARTY

When I do my monthly PARTY talks at the hospital, who’s there are grade 11s, basically either just got, or about to get their drivers license.   They’re learning about the effects of decisions.   But, I don’t only talk about drinking & driving, but other decisions.  I ask them to put their hands up if they always ride their bikes with a helmet on.  I’ve asked every group in the last few years, and every time, I’m surprised if someone holds up their hand.  When I started to ask it, I thought that maybe one or two might not, but everyone else would.  I was stunned that in the first class I asked, not a single kid held up their hand.  In fact, it wasn’t until the third group that someone held up their hand.  I asked, saying that there’s no reason to not tell me why, because I won’t judge.  I’ve heard that it messes up their hair, that it’s hot, it’s uncomfortable, and so on.  I share with the kids that there’s absolutely no reason that would be good enough to not wear one.  I say that the man who hit us was behind us, doing about 60, and we’d had no warning.   I was driven over, and the only reason that I’m not dead is because of my helmet.  I’ll start asking the classes to raise their right hand, and promise that they’ll wear theirs.

It’s accessible, but is it?

I posted someone else’s story, about the not-quite-accessible status of places she goes.  I’d said that I agree, that while I’m able to walk when needed, but achieving the minimum level of accessibility to be “certified”, and get the tax-break, without making it truly accessible, is wrong.

With how my disability is, I’m able to look upon my scooter as a car.  I don’t go into stores, usually because I can’t.  I bring a walker with me.  You see it on the back.

I follow all traffic rules, stopping at stop signs and the like, because “they” require me to park it like a car when I get to some stores.

Here’s an example.  This is an “accessible” store.   This is its front entrance.  My scooter is roughly 8 feet long. The door to the wall is roughly 3.5 feet, with a 90 degree turn, in a space roughly 3 feet wide.

This isn’t the only one, not even close, which why I’m not going to say their name.   They know that because they’re only a tenant, that they’re unable to do too much, but they try really damn hard.

Ignorance may be bliss elsewhere, but about concussions, it’s dangerous

There has been a lot of talk about concussions, including the movie with Will Smith, but for the life of me I still am stunned/amazed/shocked at the number of times that I see or hear people who have no idea how prevalent it is, or pretty much anything about them.

In today’s Ottawa Citizen there’s a story about it, and the first paragraph says it:

OTTAWA — Roughly half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor where to turn to find information on how to avoid falling victim to them, suggests a newly released federal survey.

Please read this article, learn about it, and be part of the small percentage of people who know about the injury.