Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Interview: Positive Thinking Builds New Life for Crash Victim; Lianne Crowe on Learning to Live with Her Disability

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Interview: Positive Thinking Builds New Life for Crash Victim; Lianne Crowe on Learning to Live with Her Disability

Article excerpt

LIKE any budding 22-year-old, I had envisaged a bright and prosperous future for myself, that is, until a car accident in October 2001 shattered those hopes and dreams forever.

I sustained a high spinal cord lesion which resulted in paralysis from my chest down; a life changing injury which I have been learning to cope with for the past six years or more.

Seven years ago, after gaining my social studies degree, I was working at Frank Wise school for learning difficulties in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Some of the children in my care were severely disabled both physically and mentally, requiring nursing care and physiotherapy.

Little did I know that my experience gained working here would stand me in good stead for my own future.

The positive ethos of the school and the encouragement afforded to the children who I felt honoured to teach has helped me to shape my own recover y.

Since October 2001 the challenges have been many; stamina and determination have been central to helping me rebuild a life and deal with my losses both mentally and physically.

Ultimately, coming to accept myself as a disabled woman has undoubtedly changed me as a person. I no longer look for the unattainable or the impossible dreams. I see things that are around me: my family, my animals, my home and my friends.

My priorities have changed through necessity as the frustration of holding onto unrealistic goals and ambitions would only leave me dispirited.

This does not mean that my life no longer has a purpose, on the contrary I have a full timetable each week with personal targets to meet.

Mentally, I enjoy creative writing and maintaining my own website liannesworld.com which I established to provide information and advice to other spinally injured people.

It also has a great chat room and blog page for instant messaging and meeting others in similar situations. …

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