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I moved back home a week and a half ago now. Its great to be out of rehab (away from that hospital environment) and moving forward with my new life.

Its had its ups and downs. The downs have been obviously getting use to life in the chair. Its been hard trying to find activities to do ( especially on the week ends), because at the moment Im not sure of the things I can do and I feel bad asking mates to do things because I feel like a bit of a burden to them. On the week end I was sitting there not sure what to do because in the past I would of gone surfing, played tennis, kicked the footy at least been outdoors doing something and it was upsetting that I wasn’t sure what I could do. I know this will all get better when I eventually get/think of some equipment to do things.

The ups are that I am continually challenging myself and am getting better at the day to day things, such as getting myself up in the morning and my morning routine, dressing myself, my endurance and strength in the chair, I got myself into the car for the first time the other day with no slide board, I also got my wheels off and folded my chair up and got that into and out of the car all by myself. I have been going around my local town of Newhaven (3.1kms) in my chair, My best time running it back in the day was 10 minutes 05 seconds, the first time I did it in my chair it took me 1 hour, next time it took me 43 minutes then last time it took me 39 minutes.

I am continually getting better and that is keeping a smile on my face.

Beau Vernon

On June 23rd 2012 my life changed forever. A normal incident in a normal game of Aussie rules football left me with C5-C6 quadriplegia. In an instant I went from a 23 year old who never sat still, to spending 8 months in hospital and looking at the prospect of spending my life in a wheelchair. Before the incident I played any sport and would be up for any outdoor activity and even quit a commerce degree at the thought of sitting down to work all day. Things have definitely changed for me. Until recently, my family and I had no idea about spinal cord injuries. This is why I want to share my experiences of living with a spinal cord injury and the difficulties that come with it. The support I have received from family, friends and even people I haven't met has been unbelievable, I just want to show you all what you have helped me achieve and that I'm going to live a normal and happy life, even if it is in a chair.


  • says:

    Fantastic news Beau. To hear that you are out of rehab, and home with family and friends. It’s bound to get easier as you become more familiar with the situation. Guess I post my letter to your new ( or should I say your old) home. Keep smiling and improving. Hi to everyone from Maree ( see you on Saturday, I hope).

    Sent from my iPad

  • Troy Watchorn says:

    Stay positive beau. Your doing a great job. Inspirational

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