Shine magazine is produced for participants of Lifetime Care and the Workers Care Program. Each issue people can share their unique stories in their own voice about life after a severe motor accident or workplace injury.
We hear stories of resilience and rehabilitation from families and carers, heartfelt stories of strength and courage that provide insight into what's possible after a serious injury. In this edition we visit people from Griffith, Leeton and Narrandera and hear how living in rural and remote regions impacts their recovery.
Elise Speirs, Lifetime Care participant – and Shine cover story, provides an insight into how she is putting her life back together after sustaining a severe brain injury. In March 2018 Elise was returning home from dropping her son to the school bus when she lost control of her car on a notorious bend of mountain road. Elise was found the next morning – 13 hours later by the driver of a Bunnings delivery van. She shares her story of rehabilitation and her approach to life long recovery with a brain injury.
We also hear from:
JohnAn active and outgoing person shares his experience of initially struggling to come to terms with his injury to then being able to return to work.
A successful builder talks about managing chronic pain with a spinal cord injury, his love of motorbikes and how he managed to return to working in his own business.
Brian and Jacqui Walsh
A farming family of Leeton explain how life has changed for them, and their son Dean, who sustained a serious brain injury requiring full-time care.
A young man from Griffith sustained a brain injury whilst undertaking an apprenticeship 20 years ago shares how his volunteer work at a local school has put him in a good place, in love with life.
TieraA fit and friendly 32-year-old woman from Kingscliff, talks openly about the impact of behavioural changes from a brain injury, her battle with anger management, alcohol and other drugs and how she's turned her life around.
Since he was in the 2016 Shine issue, 21-year-old Matt from Narrandera: got his license, been awarded Junior citizen of the year in the local Australia Day celebrations and continues to volunteer in his local community and study at TAFE.