LANCE’S STORY (Adults Center – Stroke)
Kia Ora, Nau hou ma, Greetings
My name is Lance Lee, I am of Maori, Chinese and Scottish heritage. In terms of my Maori heritage, I am of Tainui and Ngapuhi descent.
On November 17th 2003 I was ripped from my reality and thrown into an unknown world;
I was paralysed down my left side due to a CVA or Stroke. The initial affects were unable to stand, let alone walk, no movement in left arm; I had slurred and mumbled speech, memory loss, low concentration levels, depression and fatigue.
Eighteen months later I attended Conductive Education. The positive and empowering team of dedicated people at Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation have not only given me back the ability of physical movement but have helped me with depression, confidence and pride in my self-determination. My destiny now follows an alternative pathway, one of which motivates and excites me.
The inspiring team and clients of Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation gives me hope, love and laughter all of which are inherently necessary for any human being.
I hold onto a Maori proverb “Ahakoa he iti he pounamu – However small it’s precious”, because climbing my Mt Everest has not been easy, but I believe this journey has made me more patient, tolerant, non-judgemental, and a less materialistic, and spiritual human being.
I thank the team and clients of Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation for embracing my uniqueness. A simple thank you seems insufficient but for now that’s all I have so “Thank you” and “Kia Ora”
P.S. Because of Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation I am once again an independent young man who drives himself wherever he wants, so we salute you Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation
22nd February 2015