This year has been one the best years of my life.

This year has been one the best years of my life.

This year has been one the best years of my life. 2015 marked six years since my accident that means me unable to move anything from the top of my shoulders down. During my six months in hospital in 2009 I gave up a lot of things, including my love of art.

At the beginning of this year I rediscovered my love and joy of art. I’ve always loved drawing and painting but I let that love to create drift away after my accident.

In January I had an illness that meant I was bed bound for a few weeks. I was getting rather bored and found an app on my iPad that I could use for drawing by holding a stylus in my mouth and touching the screen. I loved it.

When my health had improved I was able to get it of bed and I taught myself how to draw and paint with actual pencils and paint by attaching the utensils to a mouth stick. I’ve opened up a thoroughly enjoyable new chapter in my life.

It’s funny but without that illness I would never have rediscovered my love for drawing, painting and creating. Adversity has given me a gift.

I may not be able to use my hands to do any of work but sometimes you just have to adapt to life’s challenges.

My rediscovered joy for art has given me so much. I was commissioned by a national newspaper to produce a piece for the front cover of their first rugby World Cup supplement. It’s given me the opportunity to host an exhibition, something I never had planned in my life, then again everything I’m doing now in my life was completely unplanned. And when I was lying in my hospital bed six years ago no one, not even me, expected I’d be here doing anything like this.

I get to do things I only ever dreamed of doing.

My art has given me a part of my life back that I thought I’d lost six years ago. It feels amazing.

I still get to go out and share my story with people I never thought people would want to hear my words. And physiotherapy is always as fun and tiring as ever. My movement is staying the same but strength is improving. I’ve always loved pushing myself physically and still love the challenge.

Rather than look at everything I can’t do, I look at everything I can do and everything I have got and I’m very lucky.

I have great people around me. I wake up every morning feeling grateful for everything I’ve got. That kind of drives me to push myself and get the most out of life as I possibly can.

When you get bad news or circumstances change you have to deal with it and I think what I mean with deal with it, or deal with bad news/outcomes is, to ‘accept what is and adapt’…Because until you accept what is, you can’t move on and adapt, and you end up wasting energy ‘hoping things were better’.

I’m very very lucky that I get to wake up each day and do what I truly love

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