Up until 26th January 2011 I had a very ordinary life.
I have three amazing older sisters and a great set of parents.
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.
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.