In October 2014 my life changed forever when I fell out of bed with pains in my back, and couldn’t get back up. I was rushed to my local hospital, where I learned that I was paralysed from the waist down.

It was in my local hospital that I first came across the Spinal Injuries Association, a national charity that supports everyone touched by spinal cord injury. A healthcare professional gave me the charity’s contact details and after speaking to them, one of their Peer Support Officers (PSO)went to visit me.

Using her own experience of living with spinal cord injury, Charlie helped me to understand the impact on my life and allayed my concerns about how I would be perceived by other people. Charlie’s support to me then continued following my discharge from hospital.

Now that I can get out and about, I have grown in confidence and have a really positive outlook on life. I wants to share my story to raise awareness of the vital support that the Spinal Injuries Association provides and to help others that might be going through something similar.

The Spinal Injuries Association was hugely influential in me regaining my independence. I don’t know where I would be without them.