On this day…..

I’m going to blow my own trumpet for a bit if you don’t mind.
On the 26th of May every year I take the time to congratulate myself, another year under the belt.

It is an anniversary, even a birthday of sorts. It was May the 26th 2007 that I went on a trip to Spain and broke my neck. The accident was life changing to say the least. Not just for me but for those close to me. For the last six years I have been attached to a ventilator and completely paralysed from the neck down.

If I’m honest I didn’t see myself lasting five years. I was lucky enough to have survived the original accident but my condition has left me vulnerable to so many threats, I thought my body would have given in by now.

I have flirted with death more than once but I keep scraping through, it seems that I’m not ready yet.

The journey has been rough and I have only one regret, the years I wasted sunk in depression and weighed down by heavy medication. I would not socialise, I pushed friends and family away, I was lonely, I was angry, I was bitter and I had surrendered to the pressures of a life I didn’t want.

If only I knew then what I know now, life is too short to wallow in the past thinking about what might have been. We can only play with the cards we are dealt and you can still win big stakes with what looks like a weak hand.

Thankfully those days are behind me. I have never been in a happier place than I am now so I will blow my trumpet and I will celebrate this anniversary. I have spent enough of my life in the darkness, I think I have earned the right to be proud of myself.

Will I be here May the 26th 2014? Possibly not so I need to respect the time given to me and be thankful for what I have. Not just for the major blessings but for every little bonus during every single day. It’s only when we combine it all together that we can understand how lucky we are.

I’d like to share something extremely special. My greatest passion in life is supporting Glasgow Celtic. This song is called You’ll Never Walk Alone and as a fan of Celtic it is considered an anthem, sung on special occasions. The atmosphere at Celtic Park would make your hair stand on end but the words are what makes it especially important to me.

If I had a soundtrack to the last six years I’d like to think this would be it,

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone




  1. Happy Tetraversary Steve

    It was as close as I could get to our ampuversary. You should blow your own trumpet more often Steve, you have achieved so much that you should be proud of. I know one thing for sure and that’s as long as you continue to write your blog you will never walk/roll alone again either 🙂

    • Tetraversary, I love it! I’m going to steal that from you 🙂

      Thank you. I just finished reading about your week but haven’t had time to comment. I hope you can say goodbye to your Gran knowing that she would be proud to see you in your uniform.

      Thanks again

  2. Your welcome Steve steal away, glad you like it 🙂 I should be putting the next post up soon with any luck, need to get back up to date. You don’t have to comment on every post but thanks for your support 🙂

  3. As a fellow Celtic supporter that song gives me goose bumps! Happy Tetraversary (thought id steal that lol) 🙂 x

  4. Seain Cassidy

    My name is Lisa and I have gate-crashed my hubby’s twitter!You probably won’t remember me but my Dad was in the Southern General with you from Sep 07-Mar 08 and I saw you from time to time in the day room.I am so very glad to read how well you are doing!Love and respect,Lisa x

    • Small world Lisa!

      Thank you for dropping by to comment, I appreciate it. Make sure and get your man to say hello on twitter.

      Hope you are well X

      • Seain Cassidy

        I will!
        Are you on Facebook?
        Lisa x

      • Yeah, look for Steven Mcghee. I kind of stand out from my namesakes 🙂

        Don’t use it very often but always good for some gossip!

  5. Seain Cassidy

    Very true!
    I’m not on twitter but I’ll get Seain to keep me posted on how you are doing!
    Lisa x

  6. Congratz Steven!
    Yeah, you should be proud of yourself! 🙂
    It’s great you are in a happy place right now, but don’t regret your times in the dark too much. Because of the dark, you can see the light now.

    And I love that song!!! I am a big fan of Feyenoord, a soccer club in Holland. And this is the song they always play in the stadion. To hear hundreds of people sing this song is so beautiful.
    Love to hear that this song does raise the same feelings in Celtic Park as it does in De Kuip!
    Hugz to you!

    • O! And I posted your poetrics —> http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/requested-poetrics-bridge-over-troubled-water/
      Thank you for requesting it, I really enjoyed creating this one!
      Lots of love,

      • Great. I hope people give it the recognition it deserves, brilliant work.

    • Thanks Patty.

      I do regret the years that were lost through depression, a waste of limited time but I do understand and agree with your point. I can appreciate where I am now by looking back to then.

      Celtic played Feyenoord in the 1970 European Cup final. Three years after we became the first British team to win the tournament. The Dutch got the better of us on that occasion but there has always been a close link between the teams. I didn’t realise YNWA was one of the anthems as well.

      Thanks as always

  7. Blow that trumpet. And thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are amazing.

    • Thanks Colleen

      Strangely enough I found this date to be depressing, a sad occasion, for the first couple of years after the accident. I can’t remember what changed my outlook but I’m glad it did. Now I have two birthdays a year! Unfortunately nobody but me a present yesterday 😦

      Your comment is appreciated as always (especially the “amazing” bit) 🙂

      • No presents?? I could get all huffy on your behalf. However, I am HORRIBLE at remembering dates, and buying presents. The “amazing” bit kind of seems like a gift…. maybe??? Well, it’s true any way.

        I am glad that whatever it was that changed your out look, did. I doubt you would have been writing like you do if it hadn’t of changed. So your change, seems to be kind of a gift to us.

        Perhaps someone who lives close by will see your 😦 above in your comment and take you to dinner! Or buy you a new Celtic jersey? 😉

      • I’m not holding my breath Colleen (so to speak)

        I have dropped hints for weeks without any joy. There’s always next year 🙂 🙂

      • Perhaps you need to come up with another plan of action…. 🙂

  8. Happy anniversary. The world has been given a gift: you.

    • Many thanks, it has been the happiest anniversary yet!

      Thanks for following, I’ve had a quick glance through your blog so I will make the time to have a proper read very soon. I’ll get in touch when I do.

      Thanks again

  9. Blow that trumpet loudly, Steve!!! You’ve definitely earned it! 😉
    I think the seasons of depression and isolation are a part of the survival process. Difficult as it was, I don’t think I’d be where I am today without that time in my life.
    Your journey is so inspiring and I’m very glad we’ve connected -thank you for sharing your story!

    • You are completely right. All of our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. I do regret the time I lost as it is precious but it is impossible to gauge how much it influenced my attitude in the years since.

      Thanks for commenting and good to hear from you Denise

  10. Great attitude. Love it.

    • Thanks Cheryl.

      Great to hear from you, how are you getting on? And Becky?

      • We’re plodding on, thanks, Steven. No major changes to report. Things keep breaking, Becky’s foot keeps swelling, paperwork keeps arriving, and we both keep drinking tea. “It’s a good drink. Keeps you going”, as they say in the movie “Shipping News”. 😉

      • Life as normal then? 🙂

        I hope you start posting again sometime soon, regardless of the subject! Take care and tell Becky that I am asking for her 🙂

      • Yep, everything’s normal. I’m still feeling a bit burnt out, but I’ve got a couple breaks coming up. I’ve got a week booked in Newfoundland, while Becky is away at summer camp…yahoo!!! I’ll see how I feel after that.

        You can always keep in touch through e-mail, okay.


      • Thanks Cheryl, I will.

        If I don’t catch you before your week away then I hope you have a great time, try and relax!

  11. Sceeeb

    Great post Stephen hope you had a great day. Hail Hail.

    • Thanks mate, every day is good at the moment. Long may it continue!

  12. Been busy and just catching up on IT stuff. Good to hear about your ‘anniversary’ and as ever your comments provoke some thoughts for me. I’ve used that phrase before but every time I finish reading one of your posts I find myself re-assessing something or other because of what you’ve said. Great stuff Steven.

    • Thank you buddy, I always do appreciate your comments so I’m glad that you’re still keeping track and still seem to be taking something from it.

      The next post might spark some debate…..



  1. Requested Poetrics ‘Bridge over troubled water’ | petitemagique

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: