About a year ago I had a hernia in my lower back. The doctors told me to stay home for a while and let it heal by itself. Then suddenly I couldn't move anymore because of an excruciating pain in my lower back and legs and had to be craned out of my house by the fire brigade. No amount of morphine could take the pain away, and in the hospital they decided to give me an injection against the pain. That by itself was the most painful thing I have ever experienced, and after it my legs started to go numb. When the doctors finally realised this wasn't normal, I was taken to another hospital for emergency surgery to remove the hernia in the middle of the night. This went well, but by that time my nerves had already been blocked for about 12 hours, and hence were damaged. I couldn't move or feel my legs when I woke up.
Fast forward to today, having spent 2 months in a rehab clinic post-surgery, moving around in a wheelchair, then learning to walk all over again with a walker, then crutches and finally a single cane, and loads and loads of physio and gym workouts later, I am able to stand and walk again. It's not there yet, but I am super happy about my progress.
With my recovery on track and realising how difficult living with a spinal cord injury can be, I decided I will be taking on the Aspire Channel Swim 2017, swimming the distance of the Channel over 12 weeks to raise money for Aspire. Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury and Aspire provides the essential equipment, advice, housing and grants that spinal cord injured people need to live their lives independently.
This is a big challenge, but the more I raise, the more of a difference I'll make, so please be generous!