Day 234: The Wheelchair Club

In a previous lifetime, today would have been a good day to wallow in greasy takeaway and chocolates. Instead, I have stayed on my diet 100%.

I am still incapacitated with unbearable back pain.

When I think life couldn’t get any worse, I am dealt with more lies, betrayals and my heart is broken a million times all over again.

There is only so much one person can take but life has to go on.

I have to stay strong and keep telling myself that I am one of life’s true survivors.

I was unconscious for three days from an illness when I was nearly 9 years old. As an adult, I learnt that the illness was potentially fatal. That illness could have killed me. I am lucky to be alive today and for every day I stay alive, I have something to be thankful for.

The reality is that no one can predict the future and no one is the arbiter of what happens in anyone’s future.


A few stories have made me think what an unpredictable world we live in.

I recently read a random article in the New York Times by a lady named Anne Thomas who at age 18, following a car accident, found herself in a wheelchair and paralysed from the chest down. She wrote:

Everyone is just one car accident, fall down the stairs, disease, violent crime or shallow dive away from becoming a member of the wheelchair club.”

I also recently read the story of Darcy Ward, a 23 year old Speedway biker with his brilliant life ahead of him, who is now paralysed following a crash in Poland a few weeks ago. Darcy will most likely spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

We all know what happened to the incredible Michael Schumacher, a man I very much admire and who introduced me to the joys of F1 motor racing.


Perhaps the story that has moved me the most was published in this Saturday’s Times newspaper. It is that of the incredible Mark Pollock, the Northern Irish man who suddenly went blind at age 22. In spite of his blindness, he went on to became an adventurer, athlete, rower, author and motivational speaker, becoming the first blind man to race to the South Pole.

As if life wasn’t tough enough for Mark, in July 2010, he was dealt with more tragedy. Aged just 35 and four weeks before his wedding to an incredible woman, Mark suffered a tragic fall from an open second story window while staying with his friends. He broke his back and as well as being blind, he is now completely paralysed from the shoulder down.

Mark’s devoted fiancée, the gorgeous lawyer, Simone George, has stayed with him throughout the devastation of his paralysis but their wedding has never taken place as she considers it would be far too sad to walk down the aisle.


Mark is living his own lessons, a pioneer exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery.


Mark’s story will be told in a documentary called Unbreakable – The Mark Pollock Story out in UK cinemas on 9th October, 2015.

The truth in life is that no one knows what the future holds for any of us.

No one is the arbiter of anyone’s destiny and we can all follow our destiny, good or bad, regardless of anyone who thinks that they may decide our fate.

I can only attempt to live my life as a good person.

I shall leave the wickedness of others for them to be judged by their God or whatever they believe in.

Karma is a bitch.

All I pray is that I have front row seats to watch it’s manifestations.


4 thoughts on “Day 234: The Wheelchair Club

  1. Wow, wow, wow. What an absolutely amazing write up. You are so talented. I am so touched by your attitude and I totally agree with you. Whether or not we believe in God, we are all one……away from joining the wheelchair club. Being unkind to people with disability invites the wrath of God. I believe in God’s justice. Thanks for this beautiful piece.

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