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My Unsung Heroes

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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 together.

 

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