My Story...
Hi I’m Alex and I’m a marine engineer, while working out in the Caribbean in 2006 during some leisure time I went swimming and my whole life changed in an instant... I hit my head on a sand bank and broke my neck. The vertebrae at c5 fractured and c6 broke into three parts one of which damaged my spinal cord, leaving me paralysed from the chest down. More
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11 years today paralysed into the second decade!!

I need to push this thing up a gear, it’s a bit much now

What you see first is your inner animal

I got a praying mantis!

A praying mantis is a master of the senses and patience. It can keep still for hours, waiting for its prey and acts without warning to hunt it. If a praying mantis was the first creature you saw, then you have really strong instincts. Your inner voice guides you and you are clearly in touch with your primal self. You go by your guts and more often than not, you get what you want. You are the master of your domain and just like the mantis, there’s a fighting spirit driving you from within.

Stuck dwelling on “what once was… what was going to be… where I should be..” instead of “what now” “what next” “the possibilities head of me now”

Accept what it is now and make what you have that little bit better

A lot easier to type than to put into action

“Your only purpose in life is to find your purpose”

Standing after injury

Standing!

The below text is very important! They are not my words, it’s copied from the above link

“Benefits of standing after spinal cord injury

Regular standing after spinal cord injury by using any of the above mentioned tools can have tremendous health benefits, some of which are listed below.

After spinal cord injury one is at great risk of muscle contracture or permanent shortening of muscles and joints because of long term sitting in wheelchair. Standing helps preventing us from that risk.

Spasticity can be very irritating in upper paraplegia and quadriplegia. Standing is a great recipe for spasticity reduction. Being a c5c6 quadriplegic my spasticity gets made when I miss standing for few days and when I start standing again my spasticity decreases and my body gets relaxed.

No standing after spinal cord injury means no pressure on body’s bones thus increasing risk of bones mass reduction or osteoporosis. Regular standing helps reducing risks of osteoporosis.

Standing gives great exercise to heart and improves blood circulation.

Spinal cord injury individuals are at great risk of developing pressure sores because of constant pressure on bony areas. Standing removes pressure from such areas and prevents us from pressure sores.

Standing improves full movement potential of joints, usually its range of flexion and extension known as range of motion.

Prolong sitting can create various urinary system’s problems like kidney and bladder stones and uti etc. Standing helps avoiding such problems.

Standing improves digestion and bowel regularity.

Standing improves chest function and decrease risk of chest infection and pneumonia which can be very dangerous in upper level spinal cord injury.

Standing reduces risks of lower extremity edema.

Keeping in mind all the above benefits. Every spinal cord injury individuals must try to stand daily or few times a week by using any of the tools used for standing.

If you are standing after a gap of months or years or standing for the first time after spinal cord injury , keep angle of tilting table etc low and stand for smaller duration and then with practice increase the angle and duration of standing.

In case you are feeling dizzy while standing, come to sitting position, eat something or drink and try standing again.”

A world that surrounds us all

Be one, be all… be everything! we are nothing but in the same space we are everything.. without you I am nothing…. without me, you are nothing..

You are all you need to be, all that you need is all that you are, everything is and has been inside you all along, you just need the key to unlock the…….

“What if” “if only”

Bring fourth what may…

“A hellhound is a supernatural dog in folklore. A wide variety of ominous or hellish supernatural dogs occur in mythologies around the world. Features that have been attributed to hellhounds include mangled black fur, glowing red eyes, super strength or speed, ghostly or phantom characteristics, and a foul odor.”

Quote from Wikipedia

A life lived… fuelled by hope
These two get me through

Another day passes by un-noticed in an insignificant week of an inspiring story of a life survived 11 years on, trapped in a body broken but a mind alive… a survivor through a life of pain and frustration, facing the same problem day in day out, survive I will survive I must until a day that I can maybe be my own man again once, twice, six times I flat lined… I couldn’t give up then and I cannot now, each day I continue because the future is that untold!

“What if”

My thoughts throughout each day.. but to no end

We all need to hold onto hope.. for without it we have nothing