I was stressing a bit the last little while, because while the weather wasn’t terrible, it was to rain the three days before, and it was to be misty that day. But, I checked this morning, and holy cow, it’s more than perfect. The day before will be sunny, which might be a bit hot, but on walk-day it’ll be PERFECT.
The media-push is starting. This morning, in about 2 hours, I’ll be on the radio! And, on Tuesday I’ll be on TV! There’s something that I’d like to share there, that’s not done by typing, is the fact that while a brain injury can be debilitating, it’s sometimes invisible. I’ve hated how I was, a lot sometimes, but in the last little while I’ve come to realize that it could be worse. I’m visibly-disabled, because I can’t walk properly, I wear prism glasses, and I have a speech impediment. I’m offered help, cars stop for me to cross, and I don’t ever need to ask for help.
Back before the crash, before CSE, and even before I worked in Public Works, I worked at Nortel. When I was hired, I was hired into the research arm, Bell-Northern Research (or BNR). The military bought the Carling campus, for $800 Million. I’ve got plenty of memories survived the crash, of the various buildings that I worked in. I was outsourced, to PwC, for a few years, then rehired when they realized that that wasn’t the brightest of decisions. I learned that while my paycheque said that I worked for them, I wasn’t invited to, or able to go to, any event of theirs. I was a PwC employee – sort of. I remember feeling without a home, because Nortel threw me out, and who took me in, didn’t.
This is Year 7 for the walk, lucky number 7, and everyone who’ll be there will be awesome! I’ve got an announcement that I’ll make, which won’t be a surprise to anyone who’s connected to me on social media, but for everyone else, holy cow.
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Yesterday, something happened that made me think. I watched what happened around me, what people did,, and it was clear. Being visibly disabled is infinitely better than being invisibly-so. I know several people who cannot work due to what they’d suffered, but upon seeing them, you’d have absolutely no idea. They walk with no issue, speak with no interruption, and are licensed to drive. They don’t read books, because after about 20 pages, they forget most of what they read. It’s hard, because of all that I’ve lost, but looking at what I’ve got more closely, there’s actually some good in it.
When I saw this comic, it brought me back to the day that I first started my first full-time job. I was on contract, but while both Harry (Schlange, my direct manager), and Arnold (Johnston, my C-Level manager) showed me a whole lot about what upper-management can do, it was Joe (Zawadka) who really got me started. My desk was kitty-corner to his. Yes, I knew what a mouse was, and didn’t talk into it, but what he showed/taught me about group dynamics, from the basics of receiving a purchase requisition up, issuing a purchase order, and any/all follow up was more awesome than words can describe. It was an excellent trade-off, what I’d received business knowledge-wise I reciprocated with tech-knowledge about computers, and helped with any/all challenges.
Ok, it kinda sucks that we were hit, and I’m disabled. But, on the whole, being visibly so has its advantages. Take today. I left Timmy’s, needed to cross the road to get on my way. It was busy, a few cars in both directions. About 2 seconds after I got to the stop sign, the first car on my left stopped. The car in the other directions stopped, the guy smiled, and waved me across.
Yes, not being as I was kinda sucks, but being visibly disabled has its advantages!
The walk is just around the corner, but it’s still far enough away for you to get ready for it. I’ve got my challenges, so it’s not as easy as it used to be, so I’ve got to train for it. It’s hard, both because of my inability to easily do what I’d consider a minor distance, and the fact that I’ve got to focus my attention on what I’m doing, so that mistakes don’t happen. I learned that the road around the house is sloped on the sides, so much so that my walking-quality was affected. That’s another element of my injury that’s largely unknown. It’s that unless where I’m walking is dead-flat, my walk-quality is affected. Not significantly, but my right-foot heel will scuff the ground every step. That’s another element that I’m required to pay attention to, which is to ensure that I lift my leg to ensure that it doesn’t hit the ground.
And, to ensure that I’m hydrated, I stopped for water! Thanks to the awesome generosity of Tim Horton’s, there will be 300 water bottles at the walk! Way cool!
Yes, it sucks that we were hit, and that I’m permanently disabled, but the fact that I’m visibly disabled is a huge plus.
I was going to Wal-Mart from Staples, and had to cross a road. There wasn’t a stop sign, or any cross walk, and I had to simply cross. The cars were steady. When there was a break from the left, I crossed half-way. I was in the middle, with a lot of cars coming from the right. The first car stopped, and the driver waved me over. There were about 10 cars in line, the drivers of the first three after him waved, and the only reason that I didn’t see the others was that I couldn’t see that far.
Looking at the bright side, while getting run over was like being handed lemons, the lemonade that’s able to be made from them is pretty awesome.