Raquel Siganporia, supports the Women in Spinal Cord Injury AwardsJanuary 23, 2013
Listen to Raquel’s BBC Three Counties Radio Interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012pt6p
As a Trustee for the Spinal Injuries Association it is with great delight that I am able to support SIA’s Women in Spinal Cord Injury Awards.
Spinal Cord Injury can happen to anyone, of any age or background in a split second. It results in permanent, catastrophic injuries which the individual has to come to terms with. Having become paralysed aged 11 in 1993, I know only too well of the challenge many people with a spinal cord injury encounter. I also know of the crucial amount of support, care, advice, and encouragement that is required by a whole array of other individuals, many of whom are women and many of whom go unnoticed.
Personally, I would not be where I am today had it not been for my persistent and resourceful mother who went above and beyond her duties to care for me. Then there was my determined physiotherapist, Sue, who wouldn’t take no for an answer and persevered during my daily tears and tantrums. Next, there was my tenacious occupational therapist, Julia, who showed me the tricks of the trade. Last but not least there was the ambitious trainee solicitor, Hillary, who drafted my witness statement and helped convey to others the true extent of my injuries. Each played a vital part in my rehabilitation and it is without a doubt that I would not be where I am today, living life to the full, had it not been for each of them.
It is for this reason that I pleased to form part of the committee for this event, which acknowledges and praises those who are pivotal to the rehabilitation process.
For further information please go to http://www.spinal.co.uk/page/WISCI
Raquel is an Associate Solicitor and heads up the firm’s Spinal Injury Lawyer department.