Disability definitely isn’t inability……

In August 2009 I had a huge life changing moment, when on then 5th August I was involved in a major life threatening motorbike accident that would change my life forever.

Before my accident I believed that I was invincible, I certainly never anticipated that one day I’d be disabled.

After finally being discharged from Rehab, I was pleased to be discharged but, the uncertainty of where my life would take me was just too much…

It’s very strange how in a split second your life, well in this instance my life can go from being an incredibly successful businessman and, a successful athlete to almost being a nobody.

You’ll have all heard of lightbulb moments, well I’m guessing you have….

In the spring of 2017, yes a little over 7 years post-accident I had a lightbulb moment. 

Jo Frost had not long opened The speech therapy practise, when during one of my sessions we discussed goal setting, from that day forward I never looked back, in fairness I didn’t have time to look back.

The man that speaks was born…. 

It was about this time when I’d started to accept that this is me, a disabled brain injury survivor.

Since accepting that this is me a new life has begun, I’m achieving things being disabled that I would never have had the time or, inclination to achieve before my accident.

I’ve quite literally gone out and created my new normal…..

Honestly, the only thing that I ever wanted to do was walk unaided again.

The biggest lightbulb moment came because of COVID, whilst the rest of the world was going into melt down, I was able to use it to my advantage by creating my new normal.

I found that because, I’d had no therapy in such a long time I was able to cope very well without it.

What I’ve now been able is accept that Disability definitely isn’t inability, if it was theirs absolutely no way on earth that I’d be achieving so many cycling goals, the most recent of those being The way of the roses, 174 miles from Morcombe to Bridlington just last week which, despite me snapping a chain on one of the many truly epic climbs, we completed it in just 3 days.

April is going to be an interesting and, an exciting month because, not only did we complete The way of the roses but, on the 17th April I’m riding in The National Paracycling circuit race at the Harvey Haden Sports Village in Nottingham, then on the 23rd we head across to Normandy to cycle 500km along the D-day landing beaches in France. 

Yet I’m disabled….

Here’s looking forward to an equally, if not more impressive year of cycling.

Disability definitely isn’t inability……

In August 2009 I had a huge life changing moment, when on then 5th August I was involved in a major life threatening motorbike accident that would change my life forever.

Before my accident I believed that I was invincible, I certainly never anticipated that one day I’d be disabled.

After finally being discharged from Rehab, I was pleased to be discharged but, the uncertainty of where my life would take me was just too much…

It’s very strange how in a split second your life, well in this instance my life can go from being an incredibly successful businessman and, a successful athlete to almost being a nobody.

You’ll have all heard of lightbulb moments, well I’m guessing you have….

In the spring of 2017, yes a little over 7 years post-accident I had a lightbulb moment. 

Jo Frost had not long opened The speech therapy practise, when during one of my sessions we discussed goal setting, from that day forward I never looked back, in fairness I didn’t have time to look back.

The man that speaks was born…. 

It was about this time when I’d started to accept that this is me, a disabled brain injury survivor.

Since accepting that this is me a new life has begun, I’m achieving things being disabled that I would never have had the time or, inclination to achieve before my accident.

I’ve quite literally gone out and created my new normal…..

Honestly, the only thing that I ever wanted to do was walk unaided again.

The biggest lightbulb moment came because of COVID, whilst the rest of the world was going into melt down, I was able to use it to my advantage by creating my new normal.

I found that because, I’d had no therapy in such a long time I was able to cope very well without it.

What I’ve now been able is accept that Disability definitely isn’t inability, if it was theirs absolutely no way on earth that I’d be achieving so many cycling goals, the most recent of those being The way of the roses, 174 miles from Morcombe to Bridlington just last week which, despite me snapping a chain on one of the many truly epic climbs, we completed it in just 3 days.

April is going to be an interesting and, an exciting month because, not only did we complete The way of the roses but, on the 17th April I’m riding in The National Paracycling circuit race at the Harvey Haden Sports Village in Nottingham, then on the 23rd we head across to Normandy to cycle 500km along the D-day landing beaches in France. 

Yet I’m disabled….

Here’s looking forward to an equally, if not more impressive year of cycling.