“About – Come In”

In 2007 a simple accident resulted in a broken neck leaving me paralysed from the neck down and unable to breathe on my own. I am connected to a ventilator 24 hours a day.

I have been through some tough challenges and been lost through dark times but I have also laughed and loved, probably more than I did before the accident.

It has taken this turn of events for me to truly appreciate what I always had in life. It has also helped me to see the failings of my old lifestyle. I didn’t realise how selfish, vain, materialistic and ignorant I could be (that list is by no means exhaustive).

I live a very different life now and although I am far from perfect, I am aware of my weaknesses and slowly working away at them.

No questions are off limits so if there is anything you would like to know, ask. Hopefully I can tell my story, share some experiences, talk about my feelings and no doubt have the odd rant. More than anything, I would love to help if someone is struggling through a disability or that of a loved one.

I’m keeping this brief but sketching the outline will reveal a little more if you wish.

Feel free to say hello at any time.

Steven

44 Comments

  1. Hi Steven,

    Your visit to my humble blog is truly an honour. Our day is drawing to a close in my part of the world and I want to take my time to read through your blog before commenting any more. Regarding your comment about similar interests: Colleen’s Chatter Blog would probably be one of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I will most certainly be following your life story. Doing a little math, this means you have been differently abled for about 6 years now and that is a long time. I commend you for your strength of will and purpose to live your life the way you want to.

    I’ll be back soon to read more and (maybe) drop a line or two. Till then, take care and enjoy life ๐Ÿ™‚

    Warmest regards from the Philippines,
    Mary

    PS – I’m now following you on twitter…

    • I have just caught up with my twitter so the e-mail follow widget has been added, thanks for pointing that out.

      Yeah, it will be six years come May. Sounds like a long time but reliving the experiences they feel like yesterday.

      Thanks for following and I look forward to any comments or questions, nothing is off limits!

      Steven

  2. ajaytao2010

    Extremely sorry reading about you Steven

    Thanks for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    • Thank you my friend. I am enjoying your story and your attitude very much. Look forward to hearing more.

      • ajaytao2010

        thank you very much

        and extremely sorry to hear about your accident

        he happy

  3. Steven, What a beautiful introduction. It’s clear we share many of the same intentions in blogging, though we deal with different conditions. You will surely be a tremendous help to many. I’m thrilled you found me, allowing me to find you back! -Pamela-

    • What a lovely comment Pamela, thank you.

      It’s strange, was one of those instant attractions to your page. All based on one little comment I noticed while browsing through cyberspace. Looking forward to getting to know you.

      • As I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. Goes to show that life is all about the little things!

  4. Ah ha! There’s an “About” page now! I’ve nominated you for another award! http://rachieadventures.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/abundance-of-awards/ BECAUSE I CAN! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a beautiful day!

  5. Steve if you are bored and want to do something http://wp.me/p33MQo-EH Hugs!

    • Much better than awards Dianna, I will get on the case as soon as I have time. Thanks for including me, good fun!

  6. Hey Steven,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am deffinitly going to check out more of yours.
    Lots of love,
    Patty

    • Hey back Patty!

      I found you when I was off wandering and ended up reading through some of your poetry. I am no expert but I know what I like and I like writing that is honest and from the heart. Looking forward to reading more.

      Thanks for saying hello

      Steven

      • Hey Steven,
        Well, I am glad you found my blog. That allowed me to find yours. I am glad you like my writing. I am no expert either, I’m not even a poet! But it’s a great way to deal with some of life’s issues. ๐Ÿ™‚
        I will deffinetly come back to your blog as well. You have a very inspiring view on things.

  7. Have just checked with my Manchester United mad husband, he says a Celtic fan is acceptable??? WT??? Thanks for following “Honey.”

    • Your good man has impeccable taste!

      Thanks for dropping by, catch you soon

  8. Thanks for following my little blog. I have read through some of your posts and I like the way you tell a story. You have some skills sir! Keep up the positive attitude. I will be back because positive people inspire me.

    Have a great day in your part of the world!

    • Thank you Lana

      I know our blogs don’t have much in common but I thought yours was a really interesting concept, I hope the search is going well! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for commenting and please keep in touch

      Steven

  9. Thanks for the visit and the follow. I find it funny how it often takes something like a near-death experience or a time of deep anguish before we truly appreciate life. I’m glad you recovered from your neck injury and wish you the best on the blog and the road ahead. Cheers,
    Brett

  10. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. You have a great attitude reflected in your posts, a positivity that will surely help others lead a better life. Best wishes to you moving forward. Peace~

    • I read your post about pizza and kissing and I loved it. I was in such a rush I could only click the ‘follow’ button and go before getting a chance to comment. I’ll go back and have a read through more of your posts but pizza and kissing really got me thinking about some of my own writing. Thank you for that and thank you for dropping by and following back.

      Hopefully catch up on your page soon

      Steven

      • Thanks so much, I’m glad:)

  11. Steven because of you I now have an about me page and I didn’t even think I could do it. Really I don’t even know how I did it. I believe that your wonderful instruction helped me. You Sir are a God send to a not very smart Nana. Blessings my friend.

    • Bravo Bravo. Only right to introduce yourself, you have great family stories to tell but YOU are the main character. I am certain your followers will appreciate the insight. Well done.

  12. Steven,
    Bless you. I admire your strength and how your words can help others!

    • For you to say that my words can help others is quite a compliment, considering the motivation for your own posts. I have been passing by on occasion and always enjoy your writing.

      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment, much appreciated

      • You are welcome, thank you for taking the time to read my posts.
        When I am someday at the point of sharing my blog with my sister, I will show her yours. I’m sure she will enjoy reading what you have written.

      • I am sure when that day comes your sister will have more than enough reading to keep herself occupied!

        No doubt I’ll talk to you soon
        x

  13. ch

    Every now and then i feel like quitting.. Life seems so hard.. I feel like throwing the towel down and running away from all those tiny thorns on my way..
    I found your blog by chance.. and these days when ever i feel that i cannot take it any more,… when every thing seems like a chaos, I come here and read your words again and again..
    it gives me a great deal of strength to tolerate the tiny obstacles that people and life throws at me.. you motivate me to give things another try… you might not know this , but you help me take one day at a step …
    Thank you.. may the god lord be with you always..
    god bless

    • This comment means a lot to me, gives me the encouragement to keep posting and the reassurance that it’s helping someone other than myself.

      Thank you for letting me know, I needed that and your timing is perfect. I hope you are keeping well, emotionally and physically.

      Steven

  14. Hi mate, I listened to you on ‘Desert Island Tims’ last night and your story bowled me over. It’s great to see you taking so many positives from it and the mental strength you show is amazing.

    You are truly inspirational mate.

    Gary.

    • Thank you Gary, I really appreciate you getting in touch. Glad you enjoyed it, was great fun recording.

  15. Just dropped by to say Hi there and hope you are doing okay, Steven. Cheryl-Lynn

    • Hey CL

      I am really good thanks, keeping well. I am desperate to get back to normal blogging but I have been very busy recently and it has had to take a backseat. I am still checking in and having a peek to see how everyone is doing.

      Thanks for stopping by, appreciate you thinking about me. I’ll be back soon!

      Steven

  16. Steven, I know you are busy and do not accept awards. Well, I still had to offer this to you; there is not much homework for this one thought and it WAS written in invisible ink all over the 5 awards, the name “Steven!” So please accept this award. Click this link to follow to this award, http://wp.me/3ia4v You do not have to nominate more than one person if you have the time and if you donโ€™t, itโ€™s still yours because, you have earned it in how you inspire us with just being the Steven you are. Blessings and hugs, Oliana, Whispering Insights

    • That is extremely kind of you Oliana, especially considering I am taking a break at the moment. I am honoured you would still think of me. Thank you kindly, Steven

      • You are welcome and take the time you need…I know you are busy doing great things!! Hugs, Oliana

  17. Sending blessings to a shining soul…

  18. Georgie Foster

    Steven – hope this is the best way to contact you. You have no idea how much comfort reading this has given me! My mum was in a car accident about a week ago and is pretty much exactly in the same position you were in. She will be paralysed from the neck down and is currently in intensive care on a ventilator and going through some pretty unpleasant operations to re align her spine etc etc, im sure you probably know. Her neck and back broke as well as severe damage to ligaments, plates and spinal chord etc. I don’t really know what im talking about but i can pass on what doctors have told me! She will be in intensive care for a few months I think and then transferred to another hospital for “many months”. She has four children – Me (19, my birthday was the day of the accident!) my sister (15) and my two younger brothers (10 and 8). Obviously we are finding it difficult and as dad spends his entire time at the hospital we are alone at home a lot of the time. But anyway I know you aren’t the person to ask about our troubles but I just wanted to maybe ask you a few questions about mum on email or something? How she will cope etc etc. Generally maybe get a bit of insight on how our and her life will work in general once she is out of the hospital. if this blog is the best way to talk ill ask them on here! Sorry if this message is abit jumbled, haven’t been thinking very straight but was so relieved to find this blog. Hope you get this message and can reply! Im not very good with technology but will try and work out how to check it again. Thanks so much for posting this and for replying if you do ๐Ÿ™‚ Georgie x

    • Thanks for getting in touch Georgie, sending you an e-mail right now X

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