Michael's Story

Michael T

My life journey changed in July 2016 when I had a stroke, suddenly and out of the blue. I thought I was having a heart attack because 5 months earlier I had a heart operation at Auckland Hospital which had involved arteries being replaced and so on. All the right side of my body suddenly didn’t function and I lost consciousness. They rushed me by the Westpac helicopter to Auckland hospital and fortunately it was Sunday night and was not as busy as usual. Even so, they didn’t think I was going to survive due to it being an artery bursting in my brain. It could have been the end of the line for me. I feel very fortunate to have this second chance at life and to share this time with my wife, Rei and our son Lars. This whole experience hasn’t been easy for them as well.

I spent two months in hospitals and Rehab Plus in Point Chevalier. I met some interesting people along the way who were going through the same thing or were facing other medical issues which were bigger than mine.

When I got home I couldn’t get up the stairs to the bedrooms and could hardly walk without the aid of a walking stick. I am getting better but it seems slow going.

I am in my early 60’s and I would like to be able to pass on or use the life / work experience I have gained over the years with others. I have worked on apple orchards, in the BNZ with a focus on business banking, a Real Estate Agent, also setting up and operating an Art Gallery outside of Kumeu and the NZ Credit Manager of Fleet Partners, which was involved in the leasing of cars and trucks to business clients.

Recently, I came across a book called “The Path Made Clear”-Discovering your life’s direction and purpose by Oprah Winfry. I found it very relevant to me but also to anyone who is looking for the path that is right for them.

“I believe every one of us is born with purpose. No matter who you are, what you do or how far you think you have to go you have been tapped by a force greater than yourself to step into your God given calling.”

“Your life isn’t about a big break. Its about taking one significant life transforming step at a time”

  • -Extracts from the book by Oprah

Having a stroke has changed my life but I still have things to do and God willing will find the right path for me. I feel very strongly that there is a purpose behind being given this second chance and every day brings a fresh life-enhancing challenge that makes it all worthwhile.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Nora, Inna and the

rest of the Physio team at Neuro Connection for their ongoing work in helping

me recover from my stroke.

I am glad we found you.

Michael Thompson and the chief cook and bottle washer.