About Me

Up until 26th January 2011 I had a very ordinary life.

I have three amazing older sisters and a great set of parents.

Family Holiday 2009
Me on the far right

I went to Exeter Uni 2005 – 2008 and had the best time of my life there!! After I graduated I lacked direction. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but I definitely knew what I didn’t want to do (sit behind a desk 9-5). So I embarked on a few gap years. I did a summer season working with the RNLI in Cornwall, a ski season in Val D’Isere and then ended up back in Cornwall working and surfing.


Ski Season

My second home... on the beach in Cornwall

My second home… on the beach in Cornwall

Sport has always been a massive part of my life. I can’t imagine not being active and healthy.  Being in Cornwall I massively got into surfing; and found myself on an epic surf adventure across Indonesia. Shortly after I returned from Indo I went off to Morocco with the intention to continue my lifestyle of working and surfing. Unfortunately this was cut short by a pretty horrendous fall of about 20 feet from a balcony.

I fractured my spine badly which resulted in extensive spinal cord damage at about waist height. This left me paralysed and wheelchair bound. I spent three months at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore before being allowed to return home in April 2011.

Since this time I have been working to rebuild some sort of ‘normal’ life for myself. The only logical option for me was to attack my rehab and give myself the best chance of some sort of recovery and to keep myself fit and healthy.  I attend intensive physical therapy training sessions at least 3 times a week, and work out daily at home.  But I am also determined to resume some sort of normal social life as well. My friends are incredible and have been with me every step of the way so far. I may not be able to have the same sort of fun that I used to but there is never a dull moment with my BFF’s.

When I had my accident I was convinced that my life was over and that I would never be happy again. I think I was wrong… I am on a completely different path than I ever imagined I would be, but different doesn’t necessarily mean bad.

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Wow, what a inspirational story. I don’t know you and cant fully appreciate what you have been through, but what an amazing attitude, with that I am sure you will achieve whatever you wish for and have a very rewarding life x

  2. I picked up the magazine in the hair salon where my elder daughter was styling my hair, and it fell open on your story. Ok, “so what” you might say. Just a coincidence? My youngest daughter,(aged 30 years) was paralysed in the same year, albeit, the other end, December 31st. So I read your story with great interest, and was so in tune to the things that have happened to you since that dreadful day. My daughter’s injuries were so very different to yours, but one thing was so very familiar to me. That was the determination to make the very best of your life in such a positive way. I can understand the highs and the lows that you are going through because my daughter has the same feelings.
    I do hope, like her, you will achieve all that you want to do in your life, despite your disability (god I hate that word) and live your life to its full extent. You are an inspiration, good luck!

  3. Hi Suzanne,
    I found your blog and read every word in one sitting – wow, you are amazing, so courageous, honest and inspiring. I also love the way you write. Please continue to write, I’ve been checking back all week and have been missing your posts.
    Emily

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