“The Road Not Taken” is my 9 min speech based on my challenging life experience after surviving a type of blood cancer which caused multiple severe strokes eight years ago.
You will hear three simple tasks I have conquered that demonstrate the importance of hope and persistence. Hope you will leave with a sense of urgency to live life to the fullest and with a refreshed look at how hope and persistence can help you overcome things you never thought you could.
Learning how to WRITE again – Here are samples of my writing from before my strokes, few weeks after my strokes, when I was in the rehab, and now. Directly after my strokes, I couldn’t even draw a straight line never mind writing a word or sentence. I was so frustrated that on many occasions, I threw the pencil across the room and broke down and cried. But after I calmed down, I picked up the pencil and continued practicing. You can’t believe how excited I was when I could draw a straight line for the first time after my strokes. For two months, I worked several hours per day on my writing. I would write A, B, C, D and the rest of the alphabet until I learned how to write the entire list of letters again. I even learned how to write in script. There was a quote from Robert Frost that helped me continue my focus when I was practicing my writing: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”
“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”