Last month marked a six year mile stone for my mother. On Easter weekend 2012 my mum’s life was turned upside down. She was diagnosed with a spinal tumor and told that she probably would never walk again.
While, she is parlaysed from her armpits down this has not stopped her. Yes – it has been a real adjustment and I would be lying if I said it was all rainbows and butterflies but I am not here to dwell on the difficulties. Instead I am going to focus on the possitivity and the renewal of life that this trauma has created.
As cliché as it sounds: my mad mother is my inspiration.
Mad, how so? I hear you ask.
Well, it is not often you see a woman in a wheel chair abseiling down a cliff or skydiving or blow carting or speeding around a race track in a sports car. The list of crazy activities goes on. If there is a wheelchair friendly adventure my mother has done it.
Despite her illness nothing stops her. She has more social events in her calendar than I do.
Her favourite thing to say is: yolo (you only live once). She believes that you have to be bold and go for what you want – whatever that might be.
My mothers courage is partly thanks to the UK charity Back Up Trust, who help those with spinal injuries. The charity highlight the fact that being paralyzed doesn’t mean your life has to stop. There are ways of getting on with things and achieving more than you ever imagined.
The charity also help the families of those with injuries. A couple of years ago I had a mentor who spoke to me weekly. I am now a Back Up trust mentor helping other family members.
My mum is an example of how despite any physical difficulties if you want to do something badly enough you can. Who would have thought someone who can’t walk could fly an airplane. Well my mum did.
We don’t know whats around the corner so lets be grateful for what we have and enjoy every moment.