16th September 2017 geri

Things I wish I told my Teenage Self!!!!

What if I fall???  Oh my Darling what if you fly….?


Be the best you can be.


Don’t give up.


Remember who you are. A person of value. Don’t compromise this for anyone.


Keep your identity.


Grief softens you, heartache wizens you and suffering strengthens you.


Acceptance is the first step to victory.


Don’t compare yourself to somebody else. When we compare ourselves to others and their achievements we self-hate. Give their achievements back to them. Focus on your own.


I will do it in my own time.


I am unique.


I am special.


I have a different path.


I will do my best.


Be kind to yourself.


Be honest to yourself. Listen to your gut instinct, even if it’s not what you want to hear.


Your parents are your best friends. They only want the best for you.


Fear can paralyse us or spur us into action. Go with the second option!


Enjoy the moments.


No matter how impossible the situation seems, you’re never trapped. There are always options.


Spend more time with your grandparents.


Laugh. Laugh outload. Laughter is the soul’s music.


Don’t worry about what might happen.


You are not invincible.


Let go of those who don’t want to hold on.


Take time for yourself.


Live for now.


If you’re going through hell, keep going!


Love yourself.


Have confidence in your own abilities.


We all have limitations, we are only bone and blood at the end of the day.

Don’t punish yourself for this.



I am a C6 spinal cord injured lady three years post injury and I am living alone, working and doing day to day tasks with minimal assistance. This site is to offer friendly advice and support to newly injured spinal cord people and their families. From issues of exercise, transferring, personal grooming, clothes etc and showing ways of relearning day to day tasks we took for granted in the past. I will also provide links to products and services that I have found useful to my progress. Spinal cord injuries are so unique to each individual so remember what works for one person may not work for someone else but feel free to comment if you know about something that may have helped you in regaining some of your independence. Currently, I am a Masters in Research NUIG Graduate tutoring Health Science and Physiology students. Research area is Neuroscience. I also hold a first class honours degree in Physiology from NUIG with twelve years experience in quality standard adherence, GMP and GLP and two years experience working in a global healthcare organization. I have a problem solving mind focused on quality with proven team working skills. Please note: I am not a medic and you should always consult your GP or consultant first before trying anything suggested on this website. All SCI's are different and what works for me may not necessarily work for everyone, depending on different health issues.

Comments (2)

  1. eoin

    Hi Geri,

    You are not only an inspirator but also such a good educator – and I just love the straight forward messages you have for the policy makers (poorly informed ones need to take on board your blog messages !) – keep doing your bit and don’t give up the fight for health user improvements !

    Hey your study pieces get 100% from me !

    Best wishes always,
    Eoin D.

    • geri

      Thanks Eoin, I appreciate your comments. I’m a very straight talking, practical person for sure.
      Keep reading, more to come!


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