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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.

How participating in community networks has helped me live well
18 January, 2021

Barbara Simpson had a spinal cord injury in 2005 and completed her rehab at Olympia Private Rehabilitation Hospital in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury. Olympia Private wasn’t dedicated to the rehab of people who have SCI, and so Barbara didn’t receive peer mentoring until she met AQA staff at a Regional Special Clinic operated by Austin Health. Barbara has recently relocated to New Zealand and wanted to share her experience.

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Finding freedom and family in the Americas
25 November, 2020

Not long after he completed rehab for a spinal cord injury he received in 2010, peer support mentor Lachie O'Brien took up competitive hand cycling. That same adventurous spirit recently took him to a wedding in Mexico, and a four-month trip through the Americas.

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A volcano, a puppet show and a few hurdles
23 November, 2020

Last March, Anthony Bartl travelled to Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. The trip was full of joy, surprise and frustration - like all travel, only more so. Anthony uses a powered wheelchair and breathes with the help of a ventilator. 

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The gifts of my garden during lockdown
22 October, 2020

In 2015, after climbing South Korea's third highest mountain, Young Ok sustained a spinal cord injury in a car crash. Almost five years on, she has been getting through lockdown by tending to her custom-built garden and engaging with curious neighbours. 

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When a stranger asks if you had a ceasarean
9 October, 2020

As a mother living with a spinal cord injury, Katherine Reed has endured her share of inappropriate questions. For the most part, she keeps her cool and frames these moments as educational opportunities. 

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