In a nutshell the name of my idea to start a peer to peer support group that address the emotional effects that suddenly finding yourself in a body that doesn’t do what it used to do because of an acquired disability ~ sudden disability (like head injury or stroke) or diagnosis (like MS or Parkinsons). We’re told that physical exercise is good for your mental and emotional health, but what if your body can’t exercise! My belief is that talking and discussion groups, self developement courses and workshops can make a difference in getting ‘YOU’ back on track. I truly believe that YOU have to be emotionally ready before you can be expected to ‘fight’ for your rights (like benefits etc.)
My motive behind starting a ‘Disability and how to survive it’ type group, is that for years after my stroke I struggled to ‘adapt’ to my new life as a disabled’ person (inside ‘I’ was screaming ‘I’m Sue! I’m still in here’, but on the outside I felt like people only seemed to see a person, or should I say a ‘symptom in a wheelchair’. That’s one of the main reasons I decided to retrain as a counsellor, coach, trainer, it helped me and if I can enable people to get past the plateau/ depression that may come after sudden disability then it’s all been worthwhile.