This is the date of a car accident in which a young girl's life (who was nearly 18yrs old) changed in a split second, forever.
I became a C6 Quadriplegic.
Now, before you feel sad for this girl's life to be forever wheelchair bound... Allow me to take you on just a few of her many positive life journeys over the last 50 years with her trusty Chariots.
The night of the accident must have been the most heart breaking time for my parents. They were the most supportive and unselfish people. I was so very lucky to have them in my life at the time.
I spent 9 months in the Spinal Unit in the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. During that time, I worked very hard to regain whatever strength and movement I could so that I could live the next journey in life as independently as possible.
My friends and relatives were wonderful. Not one day past without a visit from at least one person encouraging me (I was very stubborn as I never let myself believe that I would never walk again which was a good mindset for me to be in - I think as it made me work harder).
After leaving hospital I went home to live life to the fullest with my parents.
In 1976 a lovely man came into my life and after a most unexpected marriage proposal from Denis (and me trying to talk him out of a life with me!) I eventually said yes. We married in 1977. So, another exciting journey in that girl's life began.
We moved from Sydney and built a purpose built home in the beautiful Tweed Valley. In 1981 I gave birth to our son!
My husband and I spent 36 wonderful years together until he passed away with cancer 5 years ago. This was the unexpected journey – me, disabled and alone.
Our wonderful son helped us both through Denis' last months and then me deciding where I go from there...
I decided to look into Aged Care Residences, near my son in QLD. I am so pleased that I made this decision and have lived in a lovely caring Facility for nearly 4 years...
Yes, my journey isn't over yet! I have 24 hour care. Plus, with the help of my Chariot, I go shopping, visit the movies and have many visitors from friends new and old (especially my lovely classmates).
On this 50th Anniversary of what could have been a depressing life, I feel very blessed to have had such a wonderful life with much travel and love along the way.
It has been sad at times but I always, at least, tried to focus on the good times and believe me, the good far outweigh the daunting ones.
I won't bore you with the other parts of my journey yet... It's a Happy 50th Anniversary to that Girl!
Registered Nurse, Teacher, Learner, Trainer and Assessor, business blogger, care advocate, passionate educator and mum.
Last millennium ...
I worked as a Registered Nurse in rural and remote Australia. This qualification granted me the opportunity to travel and work across Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. I enjoy challenges that encourage me to learn and grow. I am inspired by people, cultures and life.
This century.. I learned to teach. My belief system is embedded with a philosophy of education and care.
I believe in: ~ change - change is necessary. ~ creative innovation - Creative innovation transforms people, business' and community. ~ people - people inspire people. My job is to support change through empowering people to build authentic and meaningful community. I provide service and support. ~ collaborative partnerships.
My vision embraces: ~ continual learning and grow genuinely. ~ optimizing my talents, passion and wisdom to help others - individuals, business' and community. ~ a wholehearted influence.