I remember very well after my stay at the Riverview Health Centre that I was sitting in my wheelchair staring at the television and being approached by Markos from Transitional Living Centres. He asked me many questions and repeatedly told me that I would be okay. He also informed me that I should work hard for my own benefit and to never give up. I listened to what he said but could not believe any of it because I wasn’t sure if I could follow through with my challenges at that time.
In a week’s time when I saw him again he continued to encourage me to work hard and offered diligent words of inspiration. He challenged me that if I worked hard, pulling all of my strength together that I would not need a wheelchair for mobility. Three years later as I am dictating this, I have not touched nor used a wheelchair for mobility for a very long time. I realized with my experience that God was not finished with me, and still isn’t. I continue to work on my physical and cognitive limitations.
I graduated from the first phase of my program located on Sinclair Street which consisted of a more intensive program. I then moved into a more independent living environment with staff support at another location on Partridge Avenue. For the duration of my time living in my new apartment, I was able to utilize the skills I acquired while living at Sinclair Street in order to improve in other areas of my independence so that I could work harder towards my main goal of moving back home.
I am currently living in my own apartment with some community staff supports. I continue to work towards living independently and managing as many aspects of my activities of daily living with as little support as possible. With the help of TLC, I was also able to obtain my Canadian citizenship. I am very proud to be a Canadian!