Thank you Welldoing for publishing Suddenly I am an Everyday Carer, a post that highlights the adaptation required after trauma, promoting the e-book as a resource for people trying to cope in crisis



Launched by Louise Chunn at the end of 2013, Welldoing.org is a site devoted to mental health, self-development and wellbeing, with its own directory of therapists and counsellors.

A site devoted to helping you get better in mind and body by connecting with the best people for you, empowering you to build the happiest, healthiest version of yourself.

Welldoing – my journey

My nursing career started at University College Hospital (UCH), London in 1980. After qualifying I staffed on a male medical ward within the old cruciform building off Tottenham Court Road wearing the traditional uniform with a starched apron and hat! I undertook my midwifery training at The John Radcliffe, part of Oxford University with approx six thousand births a year. As a qualified midwife I worked at another large, busy delivery suite in Watford General Hospital. I transitioned into Health Visiting, a community education role, then with three young children I chose to work part-time in general practice managing Medical Research Council (MRC) studies within a practice nurse role

In 2002 our family relocated to Manhattan, New York and in 2006 we moved to Sydney. I continued to work in primary care until 2012 when we accepted relocation to Singapore with my husband’s expanding role in the Asia-Pacific region. Five days before we shipped our belongings I received an early morning call, the surgeon told me that my 22-year-old daughter, Emily, had broken her neck in a snowboarding accident, a C5 spinal cord injury, and would not walk again.
As a nurse I understood the medical terminology but I was as befuddled as any mother would be coping with a catastrophic injury in their child. Rushing to my daughters bedside in Vermont, USA was the beginning of an emotional journey through repatriation, ICU, Royal North Shore Hospital’s spinal unit and rehabilitation. It took 11 months for Emily to return home and I took that time to adapt. Evolving as a mother and nurse into a primary carer in the family home required mental adjustment, the realisation that Emily’s injury was permanent and my role was ongoing as I age.
Coping with catastrophic events is best when supported; resources (including my e-book), family and friends are needed. Then the passage of time gentle heals the body and mind allowing for post traumatic growth and a new understanding of life.


Have a read  www.welldoing.org

Also see Suddenly an Everyday Carer 

Reviewed by a purchaser – “Rachel James’ heartfelt introduction to the world of spinal injury caring for her daughter, then aged just 22. Honest, forthright, Rachel’s journey is harrowing, and tragic yet she blends it with grace and humour. With many helpful tips, this book is a great resource for those wanting to understand more about the devastation caused by an injury of this type, (or other unexpected trauma) and the hypocrisy of how society still deals with aspects of disability.”


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