[googlefont font=”Open Sans” size=”16px” margin=”10px 0 20px 0″]Jay lifting weights with help of professional wrestler ‘Cowboy’ Mike Hughes and trainer Jason Mosher[/googlefont]

Just like others at a Charlottetown gym, Kyle Jay takes to the weight machines for a solid workout.

It’s a far cry from where Jay was six years ago, when all he could do was blink his eyes after suffering a brain stem stroke at just 18 years of age.

Jay uses a wheelchair, and can’t speak because of a tracheotomy. But his progress has been strong enough since the stroke that he recently took his first steps with the help of a walker.

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Originally posted on CBC News on Dec. 31, 2013.