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Two of Us

Jockey Rochelle Shortis, now 36, suffered massive head injuries and partial paralysis after she was thrown to the ground while racing in 2000. Six months later, her sister Kerrin, now 31, also suffered head injuries as well as broken bones when a skittish horse slammed her into a tree.

 

Kerrin's story
When I woke up from the accident, I knew straight away that I was a mess. I had seen what Rochelle had gone through and now my worst nightmare had come true. I freaked. I thrashed and screamed for 48 hours. I kept rubbing my legs and ankles together in anguish until they became raw and started bleeding. Finally, they had to tie me down and sedate me. Pieces of my past are lost due to amnesia from the brain injury, but I remember that.

 

Rochelle's story
The flick. My sister gives me the flick. She flicks my nose with her two fingers, like this. She's the only one who can do this and get away with it. She does it when she gets annoyed with me, or wants me to do something. She tries to make me do things that I have some trouble with. She says, "Go on and see if you can do it, smarty." It's her way of getting me to do things, but I could kill her sometimes.

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The original article was produced by The Age.

 

For the rest of the article, visit the The Age website.

http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/two-of-us-20121029-28e7y.html

 

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