About Me

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.

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Before the accident

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.

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During an informal motivational talk

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.