|December 2005 (2 weeks before limb loss)|
Laguna Beach, California (HLTA)
University of Alberta Hospital
Surviving the explosion and then the horrendous recovery which unfortunately I remember every moment. The decisions to refuse skin grafts, to refuse rebuilding the legs and decide on amputation. All factors that now 5 years hence have made me the man I am today.
Yet I look at all that I have done..... All the work with everything from the way the Canadian Forces treats its wounded and injured soldiers, to the way Australia treats its wounded and injured soldiers, talking about the needs of not just the military but all Canadians that have suffered limb loss, creating a charity that help people and reaffirms my belief in the simple act of one person helping another through shared experiences.
Maybe its OK to lose some of your body if in the end others can have better lives because of it. As I sat getting ready for my speech I was shocked at how pictures do not simply tell and event or time of place but when you look deep there is emotion and pride.
Thanks to the Host Lions Club of Edmonton and the Grande Prairie Lions Club as well as the Royal Canadian Legion in making the fundraiser fun and for the Amputee Coalition of Canada some money. These moneys that we raise in small towns and communities will go into ways that we can help change the lives of disabled in these communities across Canada. Peer Support seems to be the best way to reach out to far flung communities and persons with limb loss and so I want to make sure that anyone who wants a peer certification can get one.
Australian Natural History Museum
We need these people to contact the ACC and even myself so we can organize more training cells and get even more than the 230 peer certified visitors we already have.
|Accredited Peer Visitors |
If you are interested in the peer visitor program or want a training course in your area please contact:
Amputee Coalition of Canada
6363 Hudson Road
Phone : 1-866-611-2677
Fax : 514-380-7087
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org