Henry Fraser Blog - Mount ‘N Mover14th January 2016
Our Ambassador for the Ki Mobility product range Henry Fraser, has written a blog on the Mount 'N Mover, which he credits for helping him achieve many things throughout 2015.
Henry is paralysed from the shoulders down after a diving accident in 2009, which left him with a dislocated neck. Henry's inspirational story tells how he has challenged himself to achieve more than he thought was possible, and the Mount 'N Mover has been instrumental in helping him achieve this.
"This year has been one of the best years of my life.
2015 marked six years since my accident that means me unable to move anything from the top of my shoulders down. During my six months in hospital in 2009 I gave up a lot of things, including my love of Art.
At the beginning of this year I rediscovered my love and joy of Art. I've always loved drawing and painting but I let that love to create, drift away after my accident. It's funny but without the illness I had in January I would never have rediscovered my love for drawing, painting and creating. Adversity has given me a gift.
I may not be able to use my hands to do any work, but sometimes you just have to adapt to life's challenges.
My rediscovered joy for Art has given me so much. Being commissioned by a national newspaper to produce a piece for the front cover of their first rugby World Cup supplement, and holding my first ever Art exhibition, have been two of the amazing highlights in 2015. I really appreciate being given such opportunities. When I was lying in my hospital bed six years ago no one, not even me, expected I'd be here doing anything like this.
Without the versatility of the Leckey Mount N’ Mover, I would never have been able to produce enough Artwork to go ahead with the Exhibition. I have had my Mount N’Mover since the beginning of May, with the addition of a second tray that I use as my easel. I can store the second tray underneath the top tray whilst I am drawing, and when I am painting, the tray slides easily into position with my full palate of paints - it's brilliant! My mum is also pleased because it blends well into our contemporary style house.
I get to do things I only ever dreamed of doing, my Art has given me a part of my life back that I thought I'd lost six years ago. It feels amazing.
I still get to go out and share my story with people, I never thought people would want to hear my words. And physiotherapy is always as fun and tiring as ever. My movement is staying the same but strength is improving. I've always loved pushing myself physically and still love the challenge.
I am delighted that I am able to give something back and help others, may it be through my Motivational Talks, Social Media or my Art. I am told I have raised over £25K for several charities, including Stem Cell Research, during 2015. You can find out more about the charities that are close to my heart in Januarys blog.
Rather than look at everything I can't do, I look at everything I can do and everything I have got and I'm very lucky.
I have great people around me. I wake up every morning feeling grateful for everything I've got. That kind of drives me, to push myself and get the most out of life as I possibly can.
When you get bad news or circumstances change, you have to deal with it and I think what I mean with deal with it, or deal with bad news/outcomes is, to ‘accept what is and adapt’...Because until you accept what is, you can’t move on and adapt, and you end up wasting energy ‘hoping things were better’.
I'm very, very lucky that I get to wake up each day and do what I truly love.
After my accident I thought so many doors had been shut. In fact, it's opened so many more. If it wasn't for the accident then I'd probably be leading a very boring life at the moment. Adversity has given me a gift.
The ongoing support from everyone has never died, and I cannot tell you how much it means to me. I will always be grateful for that."