I divide my life into two parts. Before and After.
Before the accident I consider my life filled with wandering years in which I was aimlessly searching for something significant to do with my life.
And so, by the age of 24 I had already finished a diploma in television and film production; completed a degree in Journalism at the University of Pretoria (Tukkies) and then I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), also at Tukkies.
In 2009 I was 26 years old and it seemed my life was finally getting direction as I started working as a radio presenter at Central South Africa’s biggest radio station, OFM, in Bloemfontein, a town in the Free State.
Life was beckoning with wonderful possibilities in the entertainment industry.
I felt like I could conquer anything life threw at me.
On the morning of 22nd of October 2009, in just three seconds my fight to keep breathing began. (Read more about the accident here.)
After the life-altering accident that permanently changed the ebb and flow of my brain, I quickly realized that there exists an enormous information gap regarding brain injury.
I have experienced many harsh, hurtful words and grossly inconsiderate behavior since I became a person with a disability who is mostly dependent on a wheelchair to move in public places.
I decided to try and do something about it and today I give motivational talks to try and shed some light on the often heavy topic in order to diffuse the distasteful stigma that so often clings to it.
I strive to cultivate understanding in each person I meet which will hopefully lead to compassion, respect and much needed consideration to anyone living with a disability.
But I have also experienced so much beauty and love that I know how wonderful one human being can make another feel. The world needs more of that.