Forgiving Cedar College. Part 3 of 7. Truth, Lies, Broken promises and Mr Angry and Cynical

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 3 of 7. Truth, Lies, Broken promises and Mr Angry and Cynical

This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog. Tree 21. I received two arborist reports from my lawyers, and my understanding is that Cedar College provided these reports soon after the accident. The school received the first report during April 2005 from Arbortech Tree Services Pty Ltd, which suggested the tree was in good health. However, the structure was poor, and high priority was placed on pruning at…

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For Sale – Pride’s P4 4×4 All Terrain Chair – 3 years old, hardly used, and never used at beach

For Sale – Pride’s P4 4×4 All Terrain Chair – 3 years old, hardly used, and never used at beach

For Sale. Pride 4×4 All Terrain Off Road Power Chair, complete with Comfort Balance adjuster/ tilt. Recaro – seating system, cushion/back and headrest. 39 Litre Top case. LED control system. Front and rear LED lighting. Individual Adjustable footplates. Wide armrests. In addition Only 3 years old (I received it in July 2015) Hardly used (maybe 20 times) Never used at the beach (beach tends to rust things) Stored in my garage This cost me over $21,000 in 2015, so offers…

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Forgiving Cedar College. Part 2 of 7. 16 Months in Hospital and no visits.

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 2 of 7. 16 Months in Hospital and no visits.

This blog is part of a series of seven blogs. Please click here to commence reading at the first blog. First night in the hospital. I had a conversation with Wendy, a church minister in the Salvation Army. I’ve known her for 25 years.   I was confused, as her children were never enrolled at Cedar College, yet Wendy was attending the sports day. She explained that we were at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and I had been hit by a…

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Forgiving Cedar College. Part 1 of 7. The Sports Day and the Tree.

Forgiving Cedar College. Part 1 of 7. The Sports Day and the Tree.

Introduction. Nine years ago today a tree fell on me at Cedar College. I refer to the incident as ‘my 0911’, as it occurred on September 11, 2009. My upcoming memoir will take this name, and I have registered the domain name my0911.com. Initially, this blog wasn’t about forgiveness. However, an experience a few weeks ago changed my mind, and I will share this is part seven. The seven blogs contain details of the accident and the effect it had on my…

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Asking the Human Rights Commission to help with accessibility problems

Asking the Human Rights Commission to help with accessibility problems

Introduction. As I use a wheelchair, I often experience access issues, such as not being able to enter a business. If I believe access is essential for wheelchair users, I contact the person who owns or manages the business, share the issue and ask for a solution. This process is known as ‘advocacy’, and a definition could be ‘The process of supporting an individual to be heard’. The individual is not only me but other people with limited mobility. I…

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Compassion

Compassion

As a Christian, I read many bible verses relating to compassion for other people. Jesus even showed this to children, women, the disabled and also tax collectors! A general example… Matthew 9:35-36 ‘Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.’ I was unfortunate to…

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Miraculous Healing

Miraculous Healing

Introduction. Having a disability and being a Christian always draws me to the verses in the Bible that describe miraculous healings. These verses are often included in sermons which get my full attention, and I often talk to the preacher after the service. Offers to come forward at the end of a church service and some sort of healing occur regularly at my church. People have various issues in life, and they not only relate to physical problems, but they may…

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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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