My Unsung Heroes
Written by Marcia Goncet
I love Saturdays as I go swimming with two remarkable women.
Well, I like to call it swimming, as it makes me sound normal;
however, the correct term is hydrotherapy.
When I first saw Shona's work, I decided to learn more about it.
It was then that we introduced ourselves and I learnt that Shona
had been helping two young men, John and Raj, who had been in
horrific car crashes. I had previously met John at the hospital
where I lived, and did my rehabilitation for one year. I
immediately wanted to know more about Shona's work. As soon as
Shona told me that she had been training Raj and John for five
years, I wanted to find out if she would train me as well. Needless
to say, I was over the moon when she accepted. What makes Shona
really remarkable is that she has been training Raj with real
results. Raj, who was told he would never walk again is now
walking. With Raj's determination, Shona's amazing gift, and Raj's
mum always there to hold his hand along the way. Raj is living
proof to me that Doctors sometimes get it wrong.
The other lady who is key to my journey is Jenny. Jenny has been
with me for four years, and I often tell her: "Jenny, you have seen
the best, and the worst of me."
Without knowing it, Shona, Raj and Jenny give me hope, and
encourage me to keep going. More than ever before I need to be
strong and not let loneliness, and sadness, get in the way of my
success. I need to stay focused and keep working hard. Sometimes it
can be strenuous, even lonely. However, I look to my husband and
children who support me along the way. It is not an easy thing to
live with a brain injury survivor. I throw tantrums and I can be a
little irrational (let's say very, very irrational according to my
husband). However, we do the best we can to keep the family