Welcome to my blog…

Have you ever had your whole life change in an instant? A split second that you never saw coming, and after which everything changes forever. Well that’s what happened to me on January 26th 2011, and has led me on a very different path to where I ever saw myself going.

I survived a fall of about 20 feet from a balcony onto a solid marble floor. I dislocated my spine at T8/9, which is about waist height, and I suffered some pretty bad spinal cord damage. The exact extent of the damage is hard to know, but basically I am paralysed from the waist down. And now I am living my life on wheels instead of legs, and considering how active I was before my accident, this has been the most insane life adjustment imaginable.

Oh, and this all happened while I was in Morocco, a country that doesn’t have the most sophisticated medical system. After spending 2 days in hospital there I was flown back to the UK where I was moved from Chichester Hospital to a specialist spinal unit in Stanmore. It was here that I was told I would never walk again, and it was here that I decided that it’s pretty unfair to tell a 23 year old fit and active person that they won’t ever walk again. So being the stubborn person that I am, I decided that I would dedicate my time to proving my doctors wrong.

I don’t care about the sympathetic looks that people give me when I tell them that I will prove the doctors wrong. They normally just look at me and nod, saying something like ‘good for you’, when I know that in they’re head they are thinking that I am completely delusional or in complete denial. Well I am neither of those things.  I am determined and I am not afraid of hard work. I love a challenge, although this is a pretty extreme challenge! But to me, this isn’t just about walking again. It is about proving that anything is possible and life doesn’t end when you are dealt a catastrophic blow such as a spinal injury.

I don’t know how my story is going to end, but I am going to work my ass off and keep smiling along the way.

13 thoughts on “Welcome to my blog…

  1. I enjoy your blog. I really like the way you write. And this has nothing to do with what you are writing about .. a positive thing about your horrible fall is that it means I have stumbled across your writing. Good luck .. and keep posting please.

  2. Hi love, I know all about things that can change your life in an instant…Keep writing! It can really help you. It is helping me! I wish you all the best in the world! Another Suz
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  3. Reading about you and your blog, it’s not pity that I feel. In different ways many of us have tragic stories, but I am impressed on how strong you are…this energy and strength that can’t move your legs but can move many hearts! God bless you!

  4. Hi Suzanne,
    I know your sister Pippa, an incredibly talented stylist. Who is so very proud of you.
    I now know why she speaks so highly of you. Whilst reading your blog and how you have coped during these painful couple of years. I am in awe of your strength and focus to acheive the end goal. Which is clearly to chat up the doorman whilst walking into Victoria Secrets. I have to say after seeing the pic of him, I dont blame you either!

    Even though I dont know you, I hear your determination and know you will acheive anything you set your mind on. Stay focused, stay strong and “we” believe in you.

    My very best wishes and I am now following your blog. Keep on writting missy.

    Danni x

  5. Keep on writing Suzanne.I have just read your article in the You magazine and your positivity shines through.As for worrying about being alone for the rest of your days I cannot see your circumstances making one iota of difference?
    Kevin x

  6. Hello Suzanne, Read your Lifestory in YOU magazine. Greatly admire your attitude and determination. Following an accident which damaged my brain (Cerebellum and top spinal column) I am left with dodgy balance, no smell or taste and various other bits and bobs that splutter and cough. I have had to learn to stand and then walk again. It can be done. Your circumstances are different but you have the basic ingredient – sheer bloody determination! Just a couple of things I have found: you will plateau in your recovery, you do not seem to be making progress and you feel down. I reckon this is the “emotional” side of your recovery catching up with the “physical “side. I do not think they run together. i was stopped from driving by the DVLA for 12 months and then had to take some driving lessons. This is because you can recover at your pace but you drive at other people’s pace. This is similar to disability recovery, do it with determination at your pace, people who try and understand, for all the best reasons, do not. Overcome the setbacks and, grit your teeth and go for it! – Good on you girl – Mick, Saltash, Cornwall.

    • Thank you for your comment Mick. I really like what you said about plateau-ing during the recovery… Such a good way of thinking about it. I will definitely remember that next time i’m feeling like my progress has come to a halt. So thank you for your wisdom, and I admire your determination greatly. Suzanne x

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