No Excuses for this double amputee Veteran

Motivation and determination to accomplish most goals, comes from within. You must first WANT to achieve your goals, then push yourself to follow them through. Staying on track is not always easy which is why I like to seek inspiration and motivation from others who inspire me. I will be starting a monthly post on people who inspire me to keep motivated and dedicated to my goals and dreams. I encourage others to find something or someone that keeps them motivated and please share with me any inspirations.

“They ask why I push myself to the limit. I do it because I feel powerful, strong and tough. I feel at home when I’m challenged.” -Noah Galloway

These words are from Noah Galloway, a former US soldier. Galloway was only 20 when he joined the army. Three months into his second tour, December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee after driving over a road side bomb.

After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway became very withdrawn, depressed, out of shape and he turned to drinking and smoking to try to ease the pain. Nothing was working until he made a personal decision to make a change. He decided it was time to get healthy and try to feel better about himself and his new reality.

images-3You may have seen Galloway on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars where he finished third place. He was also on the cover of Mens Health Magazine and named the publications’ 2014 “Ultimate Guy.” Galloway is a motivational speaker and personal trainer. The remarkable transformation of his body and attitude help inspire his fans, clients and followers.

Giving back to those around him who are in need, is another way Galloway stays strong and focused. No Excuses Charitable Fund, raises money and awareness for organizations that mean the most to Galloway including Operation Enduring Warrior and YMCA of Alabaster, AL. Click here to purchase a survival strap for Noahs charity Survival Straps. #NoExcusesNoah

Galloway doesn’t let anything stand in his way and he trains like a machine. He says, his mission is not over, it has simply changed! This is why Noah Galloway is my inspiration this month.

Michelle Wolfe

T: 416-679-9255

Let the games Begin!

In less then a week, athletes and spectators from all over the world will be coming to Toronto for the Pan Am/Parapan Am games. This is the worlds third largest international multi-sport games which means we can look forward to hov-sign-1-bilingualhigh quality sports and entertainment, top notch competition, inspiration and of course… lots of traffic on our roads! In preparation for the games, the Toronto and surrounding cities who will be hosting the games have made necessary road changes such as the temporary high-occupancy lanes (HOV) lanes, traffic changes and traveling tips to avoid delays. With over 10,000 athletes and officials and many more spectators, it is sure to extend normal traveling time. Although the Pan Am Games run July 10-26 and the Parapan Am Games August 7-15, athletes and spectators will be arriving as early as June 30th.

Aim2Walk would like to remind our clients to make necessary changes with their travel times. Being late or missing an appointment due to traffic will be noted as a missed appointment. To avoid any disappointment, please take the appropriate measures to arrive on time.

Click the link below to see some of the travel changes during the Games.

Although I was not chosen to be a torchbearer (bummer!), I’m still looking forward to joining in the festivities and perhaps see a few sporting events. Click the link below to buy tickets for your favourite events.

Please remember to give yourself enough time for travel, be safe and keep your eyes on the road while driving!

Michelle Wolfe

T: 416-679-9255

Act FAST! Don’t Hesitate! Be Prepared for a Stroke!

Did you know that stroke is the leading cause of death and disability among adults in Canada? However, since 1952, the cardiovascular death rate in Canada has declined more than 75%, with a further decline of 40% in the last decade. These numbers are massive and mainly due to research and prevention efforts. They say “knowledge is power” and to know the signs of stroke and when to get medical help is extremely critical to save a life and to limit the negative effects of a stroke.

The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation says “Act FAST”. Don’t Hesitate. Be prepared for stroke.

F ace is drooping?
A rms can you raise both?
S peech is it slurred or jumbled?
T ime to call 9-1-1 right away.

1.9 brain cells die every minute while having a stroke. If you can remember the acronym FAST, this will help you help others by getting medical care quickly which will limit the damage a stroke may cause. By calling 911 and getting an ambulance, you will get to the hospital quickly as well as you will get to the appropriate place to receive specialized care, which will limit the chance of death and damage to the brain significantly.

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Stroke Facts

  • Stroke can happen at ANY age!
  • 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year; this is one stroke every nine minutes.
  • 82% of those who have a stroke and make it to the hospital will survive.
  • 40% of patients who are eligible to receive clot-busting drugs arrive at the hospital within the 4.5 hour window to receive treatment.
  • The youngest patients are in their 20’s and 30’s take the longest to get to the hospital.

At Aim2Walk we see many clients who have had a stroke. Each case is different, however many resulting issues are similar. A client may have hemiplegia, meaning one side is paralysed. If you have had a stroke, learning how to regain function with your body is possible with the help of a professional. The majority of our clients will regain function with their affected leg because they are forced to use it and to walk on it each day. Unfortunately it is less common to have full hand function return and perhaps this is due to less attempts to use this limb as often. Regaining function is hard work and constant. Although therapy is very important, you will only see real gains if you continue with home therapy as often as possible.

June is Stroke awareness month and we are reminding everyone the importance of getting help ASAP if you are having a stroke. Please remember the acronym FAST and know the signs and symptoms of a stroke to get help FAST.


Michelle Wolfe
T: 416-679-9255