Shine is produced for participants of Lifetime Care and the Workers Care Program. Through sharing personal stories in their own voice, others are able learn about life after a severe motor accident or workplace injury.
Stories of resilience, recovery, personal growth and new beginnings provide insight into life after a serious injury.
In this edition, we hear from Raphy; at seven years of age he's a young boy achieving big milestones and one of the younger participants in Lifetime Care. A car accident during kindergarten left him with a complete spinal cord injury and the need to learn a new world as a wheelchair user.
We also hear from:
- Ally, who had a car accident at 16 which caused a severe brain injury. The 25-year-old woman has learnt to walk and talk again, live independently and start work in a childcare centre.
- Jarrod; a trip on a country road in his first car left him with a complete spinal cord injury. At university he discovered his passion for wheelchair basketball and now plays for the Wollongong Rollerhawks. He hopes to play basketball for Australia one day.
- Joel, who was enjoying life in the Navy until a motorbike accident nine years ago resulted in a spinal cord injury. The 31-year-old has worked hard to overcome his challenges and now helps other veterans with disabilities.
- Luke, who almost lost his life in a motorbike accident. While still learning to live and adjust to life with his brain injury the 38-year-old is increasingly active as a community mental health advocate.
- Tim, an industrial spray painter who sustained severe burns to nearly 90 percent of his body in a workplace accident. Following many hospital visits, he and his wife Yvonne have learnt a lot about skin care and managing life with severe burns. Tim now mentors other burns survivors.