“I’m not going to lie, it was hard after I did wake up. Especially when you’ve been out for so long after surgery your muscles are weakened, you can’t walk.”
It wasn’t until June that she was strong enough to take her first steps outside.
“That first breath outside was amazing. It really was. Nothing could ever replace it,” she said. “They say it’s like being born again and that’s exactly what it is, it’s like being born again.”
Now that she’s home, Jarvis is focusing on spending time with family, and laughs when she explains her bucket list has changed. Instead of going skydiving, she’ll settle for a trip in a hot air balloon. She would like to go on a proper vacation — something she’s never done before.
Speaking up for those too sick to speak for themselves
Jarvis has to return to Toronto for checkups every three months over the next year. She estimates it will be at least that long before she’s well enough to go back to work.