Following a horse riding accident that left her paralysed from the chest down, Claire Lomas has come a long way since 2007, completing the London Marathon in 2011, and a 400 mile bike ride this year raising £75,000! Here she explains how she learned to adjust to a new way of life …
It took a couple of years to rebuild my life – I got a new job, found a new love of skiing, and I met my husband. However, when my daughter, Maisie arrived, that became more important than anything and really made me get on.
For anyone, having a child is an incredible experience – you have someone who is more important than you. Maisie doesn’t care about my injury and it doesn’t affect me enjoying being a mummy. Maisie makes no allowances for my injury; she doesn’t know any different, which is fantastic.
Things are more time consuming than they might be if I was more able bodied, like changing her, and it does take more energy than it would otherwise, but I don’t dwell on it or think about it, that’s just my challenge, and everyone has their own challenges that make life easier or harder. Ultimately I feel incredibly lucky to have such a beautiful daughter.
I am also really fortunate to be surrounded by a very supportive family, and they have been incredibly helpful in enabling me to look after Maisie as well as doing the challenges that are helping me to raise money for Spinal Research and Nicholls Foundation.
I wouldn’t let my injury stop me from doing something I want to do, and I know that’s part of my character, but I think it’s a question of adjusting to your personal circumstances.
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