David Kemp

Dave Kemp - Walk it Off RecoveryDavid Kemp – T5/6 ASIA B Incomplete

Hello, my name is David Kemp and in July 2009, I sustained a spinal cord stroke, which is a very rare form of stroke. In the span of less than 24 hours I went from sitting at my office desk like any other day to being diagnosed a T5/6 Asia B incomplete (paraplegic). Prior to my injury I was very active and played a number of sports including curling and golf. While at Toronto Rehab Institute (Lyndhurst) I started researching the internet for information about recovery and came across the Project Walk (PW) website. In May 2010, I attended PW Carlsbad, CA Spinal Cord Recovery Centre for one month, returning in February 2011 for another one-month visit.

I met Kevin and Heather by chance at Lyndhurst and learned of their plan to start a similar facility in Canada. Soon after I began working with their first trainer, Julia, at my home upon her return from training at Project Walk.

In the early years after my injury occurred, I made significant gains. I improved my core and lower back strength, gained some control of my leg muscles despite having a lot of tone and spasticity in my legs. One of the high points in that timeframe was a totally independent walk of 100 feet with a walker despite being told by the initial doctors that I had less than a 5% chance of ever walking again.

I am now in what I refer to as my maintenance program. It is obvious at this time that without some form of medical intervention I will not be able to regain the mobility I once had. I accept that but do not let it deter me. I spend parts of three days a week there working on stretching, range of motion and other exercises to challenge my new me. I also ride the FES bike for an hour each of those days which provides many benefits including some cardio-vascular, muscle mass on my legs and maintaining my bone density to a level consistent with an able bodied male of my age.

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  1. Amazing work Dave keep up working hard you will succeed that is for sure. You have the determination and the strength to carry on and survive in no matter what you do. Like your family I am proud of you too. God Bless you.

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