It was July 18th 2009 when everything in my life changed. It was a glorious day. Blue sky, sunshine, friends all surrounded me on that golden beach. I ran into the sea thinking it was a good depth to dive forward turns out the sea bed kicked up slightly right in front of me. I collided head first and momentarily blacked out. I opened my eyes expecting to stand up, walk out the sea and join my friends. I opened my eyes floating in the sea completely unable to move. It’s amazing to think that one little thing, one brief moment, can change everything.
From that moment I had a new life to live. New circumstances to accept and adapt.
Three weeks spent in a Portuguese hospital (they were incredible !) with surgeries to realign my dislocated fourth vertebrae. Two weeks in intensive care in the UK. Five and half more months in hospital before I was back in the real world again.
In that time I’ve experienced so many things.
In January of 2015 I taught myself how draw and paint by holding the utensils in my mouth.
I had a sore on my back that meant I was bed bound for a few weeks.
I was getting bored sitting in bed for days on end so I 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.
As a young child I loved art. But as I grew up I fell out of love with the subject. I lost all my enthusiasm to create.
Without my accident I never would have found that love I had as a kid.
Adversity has given me a gift.
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