Stroke survivor Ken McCaw took audience members on an emotional journey at the annual Stroke Collaborative in Toronto on Oct. 27, 2014.

Periodically choking up with emotion, Ken told the audience of his struggles with recovery and rehabilitation after his stroke in late 2011. He described the changes in his life after stroke, including changes in his diet, group therapy and physical challenges.

Ken experienced a stroke in late 2011 and he told the audience how a positive attitude made a difference in his recovery. He said that attitude carried him from the moment of crisis to through the three years since that day. He said that optimism was reinforced by healthcare providers who said the right thing at the right time.

Ken described his experience of re-inventing, re-imagining and re-learning all the simple things that most people take for granted. He also demonstrated his commitment to recovery by playing his guitar one-handed.