Perseverance; I could write a book on it at this stage!
My continued effort to rebuild my life since my spinal cord injury and achieve something better for myself has not been easy. My goal to achieve than a room in a congregated home has finally taken a positive turn(finally!).
Despite six and a half years of difficulties, failure, and opposition from ruling bodies such as the HSE, my steady persistence to secure a home for myself has finally paid off.
After three hundred and twelve days in a hospital environment, I was placed in a nursing home for a supposedly three month stay before I was meant to be rehoused within the community where I could live independently. Three months progressed into a six and a half year battle with the ruling bodies that were meant to be aiding my recovery, not pushing me closer to the edge.
Due to the poor accommodation facilities in the west of Ireland, my new “home”, a room in a congregated setting was made even more tragic by the fact it was in a city I had not previously lived in, knew no one there and had no family or friends present for over an hours drive.
I felt isolated, vulnerable and constantly self-conscious every time I went out in public. But I kept going. I would go out and push small distances eachday and try and recreate some independence. But at 44kg and paralyzed from my chest downwards with little more than functioning biceps and shoulder muscles that was no easy feet. Regularly I would need help from strangers. I battled numerous pressure sores, faulty chairs, lack of services, fais, isolation and an eighteen day bed stent due to health issues.
As time went on, slowly I began to get around by myself. I began to make friends and find useful resources in my area. I applied for work and seecured temporary contracts in Abbott, IT Sligo and a local newspaper all the while organising transport, careers, doctor schedules, clinics, o.t, physios and so on.
Through no help from the HSE or Cheshire Ireland, I have now finally secured a home for myself.
The moral of the story is doggedness, persistence and hard work pay off and the win feels even better in spite of difficulties, obstacles and unnecessary discouragement.