The world was my oyster then.. BOOM! Paralysed at the age of thirty and a ten month stay in hospital was the biggest blow and never thought I’d get through it but thank god for my amazing, loving and supportive family. They gave me the strength to fight this all the way! And when I left hospital that’s what I certainly did. My brother Tony and I threw ourselves into the “CURE” world. Researching everyday about possible treatments and therapies that could eventually make us walk again. I met a lot of cure “warriors” on the way across the world who I became really good friends with.. Paolo, Harvey, Loredana, Arcangela and Corinne. Then soon after Loredana formed the Cure Girls and asked me to become a member and without hesitation I said yes! At that point I was running my own website (which I still have) and Facebook page to fundraise and promote cure, but I know by working as a team we would make much more of an impact. We certainly have achieved that now! There are eight of us Cure Girls from all over the world and we tell everyone what it’s really like living with a SCI and the same passion for a cure! We’ve become close friends and I call them my Cure Sista’s! I want my independence back, I want to walk again and do the simple things in life. Everyday is a struggle living with this awful injury. I believe it’s important to live life to the fullest, laugh as much as you can and don’t let anything stop you from doing what you really want to do. I’m lucky to have met the man of my dreams and I’ve got engaged.. Looking forward to the future. But I won’t give up until there is a CURE for paralysis!
On September 15th, I was delighted to visit the new Central London location of Spinal Research to see the team and fab new office. They moved just recently all the way from Guilford, Surrey to Moorgate, London and are still in the process of setting in their new location with new members of staff too. I had a chat with Mark and the team about clinical trials, Cure Girls new campaign, fundraising and some ideas on how we can raise the profile of the charity. There are lots of events on the calendar and the Cure Girls will continue to support Spinal Research any way we possibly can. Italian Cure Girl Barbara Bucci is about to start a fundraising challenge for Spinal Research- a virtual cycle! It’s imperative that we support Spinal Research’s vital work that funds the research we so desperately need for a cure for paralysis as it is not government funded. A very big thank you to Mark and the team for taking their valuable time to see me and look forward to the rest of this years Spinal Research & Cure Girls events! Watch this space! #LETSMAKECHRONICSPINALCORDINJURYCURABLE
Cure Girl Lolly.