Spinal chord injuries are one of the most devastating injuries that a person can experience. It can happen to anyone of any age and background. Mike Potter, cbm NZ’s Marketing Manager Acquisition, is himself a paraplegic. Recently he attended a two day training course for people with spinal chord injuries (SCI’s) on peer and family support at the Auckland Rehabilitation Spinal Unit in Otara. The course was part of a pilot initiative funded by ACC to improve peer support for SCI’s.
Mike says “a spinal chord injury is incredibly traumatic. Amidst pain, grief and loss is the realisation that life is no longer like it used to be. It can take years of rehabilitation and recovery before you adjust to a “new normal”. For example everyday activities like travel, toileting, showering and dressing require new and different skillsets that take months to learn. I am thankful for people with SCI experience whose guidance has helped me to find hope and acceptance within my own “new normal”. This course has further equipped myself and others to be a listening ear and provide support to people undergoing a similar trauma in their lives”.