On August 17, 2007, at the age of 61, I became a quadriplegic after a head-on collision on a country road in Nova Scotia. My chances of survival were slim: “Less than 50% chance of survival.” .
"I was born with a mitochondrial disease that caused spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, resulting in various bone, joint, neurological and sensory problems as well as growth hormone and cortisol deficiencies. As a result, I’m of small stature, I’m hard of hearing and I have a visual impairment as well as several significant physical limitations. "
"Je cherchais depuis longtemps comment crier sur toutes les tribunes ce que le Centre de réadaptation en déficience physique Lucie-Bruneau a fait et continue de faire pour moi. Merci également à la Fondation Réa de me permettre de respirer."
EVELINE CLAIRE NGUEPI
After suffering two strokes at the age of 25, Sandro François got back on his feet—
morally and physically.
In the early 2000s, when I was in my mid-twenties, I was experiencing severe lumbar and trapezius pain. My body was literally giving out on me.
Ten days before he was born, Evan’s diagnosis hit us like a ton of bricks: he was completely deaf in both ears.
In 2005, while I was jogging, I felt a partial loss in my field of vision. Worried, I consulted several specialists, to no avail. Then, I saw a newly graduated optometrist who detected the first signs of multiple sclerosis. I was in shock. At that time, I was 24, an accomplished professional, a communications consultant for the government. It was the beginning of a period of denial that lasted 13 years. Receiving the diagnosis and feeling unwell were two totally different things. I really didn’t feel sick, so I didn’t bother telling those around me. But in reality, I could no longer feel my left leg…
I look back, less than two years ago, to that day at the Régates de Valleyfield hydroplane race, surrounded by friends, living life to the fullest, and eagerly awaiting the birth of my son, Logan. It was a hot day. There was a long dock. I dove in. But I was fooled by the length of the dock. The water was barely two feet deep and I ended up a tetraplegic. I was in the water for 30 minutes, waiting for help to come. People were touching me, but I couldn’t feel anything. It was surreal. The truth hit me like a ton of bricks…
On March 12, 2007, at the age of 26, my life was turned upside down after a serious accident.