What does the Bible say about pain?

What does the Bible say about pain?

Introduction The pain in my body is a more significant issue than my paralysis and given I am a Christian, I started reading about pain in the bible. I already knew that a Christian life doesn’t equate to a perfect life, and the church was full of people who were imperfect, with faults, and they experience events that cause pain. The pain can come in various forms. My pain was physical, and to a lesser extent, I’ve experienced emotional pain too. Being…

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How does a person with paraplegia sleep? PART 2

How does a person with paraplegia sleep? PART 2

I am glad you asked the question, and the short answer is on my back, and the long answer is below. As this is part 2 of the blog ‘How does a person with paraplegia sleep?’ please click here to read part 1. GETTING INTO BED. Safety is the number one goal when transferring, and I wear an RDNS pendant just in case I have a fall. Within a few seconds of activating the pendant, I can talk to an operator and…

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How does a person with paraplegia sleep? PART 1

How does a person with paraplegia sleep? PART 1

I am glad you asked the question, and the short answer is on my back, and the long answer is below. As with all aspects of my life now, there is much planning to ensure I can live as independently as possible. My bedroom is ugly! However, the goal is to ensure my needs as a person with a disability are achieved when I am in my room, with minimal assistance from others. Due to chronic pain which increases during…

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Catching an accessible taxi shouldn’t be this difficult

Catching an accessible taxi shouldn’t be this difficult

Madie and I attended the Angels concert on Saturday 28th July 2018 at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. As parking is difficult and expensive in the city, I asked for an ‘Access Cab’ to take us there and back home again. The taxi turned up on time and delivered us to the front of the theatre on King William Street. The Angels and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra were fantastic, and as the concert finished, I received a phone call from the…

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Dear Carpet Court, people in wheelchairs are customers too

Dear Carpet Court, people in wheelchairs are customers too

In the past six months, I have selected items for my new home including tiles, wall colour, kitchen appliances, sanitary items, joinery, blinds and other items. My interior designer, Lindi Venter, arranged to meet me at a carpet retailer to choose carpet tiles and hybrid flooring. As I drove into the parking area of Carpet Court at Marleston, I had difficulty locating the accessible car parking. Typically they are located near the main entrance to limit the distance customers may…

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My first pressure sore

My first pressure sore

My first pressure sore. After feeling bad and hearing a sound that reminded me of running water inside my body, I transferred to my shower chair and spent time over the toilet. I either had gastroenteritis or food poisoning, which is difficult for a person who cannot rush to the toilet quickly (and bad for the person who helps clean up). An hour later I was exhausted, dehydrated and nauseous, and called for an ambulance. Madie helped me to quickly shower,…

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The election is over. So what happened?

The election is over. So what happened?

I ran as a candidate for Dignity Party in the South Australia state election, held on 17th March 2018, in the seat of Torrens. The full blog can be read at VoteforJohn.website. My goal was simply for Kelly Vincent to retain her position in the Legislative Council, as she helps people with disabilities in South Australia. My personal goal was to receive 5% of the overall vote, and this was achieved. Lower House Result* (* taken from http://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/sa-election-2018/guide/torr/) Upper House Result* (*…

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Focus on Ability Film Festival

Focus on Ability Film Festival

Now in its 10th year, the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival asks filmmakers to tell a story about people with disabilities. This year the sponsors have donated over $140,000 worth of cash and prizes. Our MY-dis-ABILITIES book project has produced a film in the “Open Entrant Documentaries” category.  The goals are to increase interest in the book project and to win prize money. If we are fortunate to win a prize, the funds will be used to pay for…

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Why I am contesting the seat of Torrens in the state election of South Australia on March 17, 2018

Why I am contesting the seat of Torrens in the state election of South Australia on March 17, 2018

Why would anyone in their right mind want to have anything to do with politics? Growing up my parents continuously spoke of the good qualities of Labor Party politicians.  And these included Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke in federal politics, and Don Dunstan and John Bannon in state politics.  All four were competent leaders but were not perfect people.  Who is?  When I turned 18, I voted Labor too, and after a few years, I would regularly vote for the Liberal…

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I was a victim of bullying. It takes courage to take a stance against them.

I was a victim of bullying. It takes courage to take a stance against them.

At the end of 1977, having just completed year seven at Payneham Primary School, I was looking forward to joining Marden High School.  The school had a good reputation, and it was just down the road from my home.  It wasn’t long until I faced bullying from two students, Tony and Frank.  They were much bigger than me, and mother nature delayed puberty for me, and this made me smaller and an easy target for bullies.  Their IQ levels appeared…

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