I have been going to physiotherapy in Waterloo 3-5 times a week since early 2013 to try to help regain and strengthen my leg muscles ever since. In the spring of 2014, I got my service dog wish from the Lions foundation in Oakville. Wish helps me everyday, primarily with picking up items that I've dropped and opening doors with buttons. She is also always around for companionship and is currently laying against my left leg.
I have had a very dramatic change in my lifestyle have taken a lot of time to adjust to it. In a lot of ways, I still really haven't. On my fight to try to recover I am struggling to find pieces of my old life that I can regain so that I can find my way back to health and happiness.
Blacksmithing is something I have been interested in all my life. I first tried it when i was about 8 years old at my mothers friends farm. I made a hook that would hang off the back of a door. In college, I took a introductory weekend blacksmith course through my friend Josh. I learned a lot from him and loved taking the class. I didn't get to do anything more with blacksmithing from then on as I was travelling and working as a raft guide or just travelling for pleasure. While there alot of things from my old life that would be very difficult to do, blacksmithing is something that I would very much enjoy doing. I am reaching out for help to build a shop I can work in. This will help me build my physical strength and endurance, promote mental wellness and give me back some control and purpose in my life.
To accomplish my goal I need to build a ramp and complete shop in my back yard. I am looking for donations of cash, building materials and tools.
Thank you for helping achieve my new lease on life!
Thomas Weatherston & Wish!