The accident, that rendered Emily quadriplegic, changed our lives forever but her paralysis hasn’t had an impact on her fun personality, drive and ambition or life goals. When catastrophe occurs we commonly seek to return to our normal. Striving for normality implies that only normalcy delivers a good life which isn’t the case. Being differently-abled in society is normal which leads me to consider what is normal ?
Everyday Caring involves inventing ‘stuff’ needed as you adapt to lifestyle changes and personal development. Here are my Everyday Caring top tips for discrete lifestyle designs. All you need is velcro and lots of it!
Technology has advanced since Emily’s accident in 2012 with social media sites growing so popular that it is difficult to keep up with all the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter ‘feeds’. While advocating for resources online I now have to be mindful in regard to the volume and validity of information. Here’s my Everyday Caring update…..
Is it reasonable for a 28 year old to want to drive a car; to be independent? Yes, no debate necessary yet Emily was denied NDIS funding for car modifications allowing her to drive independently. Why? My question is – NDIS What’s reasonable ?
We are more likely to die from heart disease than at the hands of terrorists. Everyday fate can suddenly change our lives inexplicably however in my experience tragedy revealed enormous inner strength and resilience.
We should live our lives fully not in fear of catastrophe but what are the real odds of injury?
The spotlight was on accessible Sydney – luxury resort Sargood on Collaroy – newly built for people living with spinal injury. The Channel 9, Today show, filmed throughout the accessible accommodation interviewing residents and staff at this fabulous resource. Emily talked to Sylvia Jeffreys. Link below to the Today show….
I was invited onto the ABC 702 Drive Show to talk to Chris Bath about my caring role. Our conversation highlighted the role of carers on International Women’s Day as 70% of primary carers in Australia are women. Have a listen to our discussion.