16th April 2018 geri

Motivation and it’s source


I have asked several times what motivates me? How did I pick myself up, dust myself off and keep going against my odds? At 27, after spending almost a year of my life in hospital, becoming paralyzed from my chest downwards, losing my job, my independence, my partner, my home, my ability to drive and then returning to an unknown world of living in a congregated setting; How did I find grit, heart and self-discipline to overcome personal complications and still find it in myself to try to support others?






















And the truth is we are our own true source of motivation. It is not around us but deep within us. By understanding our real motives for doing things, our real values in life, our true purpose and the ways that we want to make a difference in the world we can control it. We decide to turn it on or off, to give it life or to lock it in shackles indefinitely. We might not be able to change our situations, but we can make the most of what we have and trust me when I say I know this is not always easy. There was days when I would hide under the covers of my hospital bed as the world around me turned in to a white noise and a blur but I could not escape the constant internal fight between anger and sadness; unable to move or think or breathe; forgetting how to exist and disoriented to the point of defeat. There were days where my lungs felt as if they were collapsing and my body was shaking so badly, my vision blurred from the gut wrenching doubts and reservations about my life that lay ahead.  There, alone in the darkness it would feel like my heart had stop beating only to accelerate far past a normal rhythm as if it was going to explode in my chest. I would question if I was taking a heart attack as blood rushed to my head while the whole world faded away to a crystallized screen of silent white.

The answers to our real motives and true values will hopefully remind us that we are capable to overcome anything life throws at us, nothing will stop us from triumphing in the face of adversity. These are the questions to ask yourself, every day if need be, until you get to the answers and the answers will feed your motivation.



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. Simon

    Hi Geri. I just read a article about you. I was really saddened about what I read. But at the same time I was impressed by how you got on with your life. People should learn from you. On regarding your chance of love. Yes you will find it no problem. Everyone has there handicaps and find love. Best of luck to you and keep positive at all times.

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