Adjusting to a new life
For many years I have loved nature and adventure of any kind; climbing, ski mountaineering, running, cycling and walking in the hills of Scotland and beyond. A tumble from my mountain bike in August 2020 left me with a high level spinning in al cord injury. The original prognosis was complete paralysis from the shoulders down.
I have loved all the experiences and adventures I’ve had over the years and I’ve no regrets about what happened. My life will be different now and things I see to do, like climbing and skiing, I can replace with other things and challenge myself in new ways.
Flickers of hope
As time has passed, flickers of movement have led to function and I can actually control my wheelchair with a joystick. When lying in my hospital bed this was beyond my wildest dreams. More flickers have led to more movement and with outstanding support and hard work from the team of people around me I began to set goals that would have seemed fantastical, delusional even 12 months ago. I don’t know what’s going to happen and where things are going to go, but I’m ready to get stuck in and gain as much recovery as possible. But at the same time, enjoying and living life to its fullest!