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patrick1Hello my name is Patrick Dillon, I sustained a Spinal Cord Injury six years ago while swinging of a rope into a shallow river, which left me a quadriplegic without the use of my arms and legs.

After 30 years of my life being able to do such as working, playing football, surfing and other various activities which involved the use of my arms and legs, and then all of that taken away in a split second was a huge shock. After spending 14 months in hospital I was quite overwhelmed and scared with the thought of what it would be like living back at home. I was very lucky with the fact that I had huge support from family and friends which made the transition a lot better than what I had first thought.


At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself, the technology I had been sufficient enough to do the basics, but I wanted so much more, and after watching every movie ever made became bored and frustrated with my life. I decided then and there that I was going to achieve something and make the most of the bad situation that I had been presented with.

I started to converse with occupational therapists and technology people on different gadgets and ideas I had which I could use to either study or re-enter the workforce. Due to the fact that there was not a huge amount of people in my situation, the ideas and technology was not quite there. It took a while, but we managed to put together some great devices which enabled my life to become a lot easier and independent. With my independence growing, I started to embark on many different other challenges and social activities which five years ago I thought I could never achieve. So over the last four years I have completed a diploma in community services, certificate four in training assessing and currently volunteering at a transport company and doing school talks whilst doing a law degree.

My life has definitely still got its moments, but I am achieving more than I would have ever imagined being able-bodied. I understand that everyone has different circumstances and abilities, but there is always someone out there that may be able to give advice or help help, point you in the right direction or inspire you to achieve more. I was scared and stubborn at the start and ended up wasting a whole year of my life doing nothing; with the ever-growing technology there are heaps of gadgets and support now helping to achieve these goals and dreams.