Let me introduce myself. My name is John and I am the person responsible for setting up this support group. I’m a C5 incomplete tetra (walking) but this was not always the case.
In 2014, I was involved in quite a serious RTA, which left me with substantial injuries, back broken in 2 places, several ribs broken and my spinal cord crushed at c5 and l5.
When first admitted to hospital, I was paralysed from the neck down, but after a lot of absolutely fabulous care at Dumfries Trauma Centre and the Southport Spinal Unit, movement began to return.
After leaving hospital, however, I was basically left to fend for myself, obviously with the help of my family, and friends, but it still left a glaring hole in the care I needed.
Fortunately I had a good physio at Tameside Hospital and luckily enough, because I had been the injured party in an RTA, a very good solicitor. She made it possible for me to obtain privately funded extra physio, psychological help and further care if needed.
Whilst getting all this privately funded support my mind wandered back to some of the friends I’d met in hospital, those who weren’t as lucky to have been run over by a truck! This is when I decided that the least I could do, was to start this support group.
We’re not here to solve everyone’s problems – the idea is firstly to offer a friendly place to come and have a brew and a chat with similarly injured people, because I know how awkward it can sometimes be speaking to able bodied people about our problems.
Secondly, hopefully the group can help anybody with any queries that might concern them. We have friends of the group who are solicitors, physios, OT’s and specialists in different areas who are keen to help and advise.
Plus many of the group may have been through the exact same problem you have been facing and can provide valuable insights. .
So please feel free to come and join us – the tea and coffee is free and, if nothing else, it will get you out of the house for a couple of hours. Carers and assistants are also most welcome.