Date: October2015

Words by Julie - Living Life With Paralysis

There are no bells

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For most of my life I have had structure provided for me. As a student there were bells to tell us when class was over. In university, classes were scheduled for us. Then I went back to school as a teacher and for 15 years now I have been ruled by the bells, my life […]

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Home is where

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We arrived home today in the evening light, trees and sky both glowing. Kitsy cat greeted us on the driveway, but ran as soon as my wheels appeared – she does not like them. I rolled up my new ramp – it is quiet lovely – through the new doorway and into the sunroom (still […]

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This is where the rubber meets the road

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“You must be excited to be going home” is almost the same as “are the kids excited for school to start”. It really is the kind of thing that someone would say who has not really given it much thought, or they are just looking for something to say. Kids are NEVER excited to go […]

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Like a rope around my chest

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Eight days. And today is a beautiful day. On days like this I have been wondering,if I were teaching right now, what excuse would I have used to get my classes outside… I have time for “recess” this morning so I am drinking coffee with my laptop out on the patio – while the kids […]

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Brave face

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This is from last week, Friday October 9th Today I have not been able to find my brave face.  Most days I can.  I look at what needs to happen in order for me to be stronger and more independent, and I do it. I know that there are several reasons why that brave face […]

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Being Thankful

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Today is Monday, Thanksgiving Day. I have just been through my Facebook feed, seeing all the pictures my friends have posted of all the things that they are thankful for; fall colours, carved turkeys, friends and family, running on the trails of Huron County. I have also read “my wall” and have seen all of […]

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Just like a run around the block

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Eight weeks in, today was a day of firsts in therapy. At home last weekend I did not provide much help in the kitchen. Usually, I was politely asked to back my way out of the kitchen so they could prepare their own food, so I did and mine was brought to the table for […]

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The List

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I like a good list, funny that I married a list guy too. But his lists are a bit different than mine. Before my accident, Theo made lists, but they were scattered around on random pieces of paper – backs of envelopes, coloured paper home from school, even on edges of the Globe & Mail […]

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Dystopia

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Imagine that you were living on the International Space Station for several years. Your time away causes you to long for your family, friends and life back on Earth, but you pour all your energy into your scientific experiments and on keeping the station running.  When your time is finally over on the ISS, you […]

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Fast Friends

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Fast Friends

This is me with my new friend Dave in front of the nurses station in 4A East. Now watch this:Murder Ball. So now you know what Murder Ball is and who my new friend is: Dave Willsie – Team Canada Wheelchair Rugby – 2015 ParaPan Am Games Gold medalist. And that is the gold medal […]

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