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Welcome to the Spire Community Blog. This is a place for our community to connect by sharing views and experiences, by finding common ground, or by discussing differences.

Content will range from short stories with a black humour element, to serious articles with sources cited.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may, or may not, take centre stage. This is about life in its entirety and sometimes the SCI and the effects it has on our life is our main focus, and sometimes it’s not even in view.

Our bloggers are community members, who all live with a SCI, whether it is their own, or a family member’s.
You are invited to comment on the posts and we also welcome guest contributions; feel free to contact us if you'd like to become a guest blogger for Spire.

My natural remedy for skin conditions
19 April, 2021

Active AQA community member Young Ok Dowling shares her experiences using aloe vera to treat skin conditions, and makes a generous offer.

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How I kept myself sane during lockdown
1 April, 2021

After spending months in hospital recovering from a pressure injury, Karen was discharged as Victoria entered its second Covid-19 lockdown. She describes how an openness to adopting new methods helped keep her connected.

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Why your input matters for spinal cord injury research
1 April, 2021

While research is hugely important for those of us who have a spinal cord injury, the reverse is also true, writes Antonio Vecchio.   

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Colouring in with Ben
27 January, 2021

Ben Winwood used his art to strengthen and inspire his community when under lockdown for Covid-19. He ended up with a precious gift in return.

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Lady with a cucumber
21 January, 2021

A lot of us had plans for 2020 that Covid-19 put paid to. When restrictions were finally lifted, Emily Quattrocchi decided it was time to see her friends who lived in Warrnambool, something she had planned for earlier in the year. It was her first independent journey since her injury, and it held a little more drama than she'd have liked.

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