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Welcome to the Spire Community Blog. This is a place for our community to connect by sharing views and experiences, by finding common ground, or by discussing differences.

Content will range from short stories with a black humour element, to serious articles with sources cited.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may, or may not, take centre stage. This is about life in its entirety and sometimes the SCI and the effects it has on our life is our main focus, and sometimes it’s not even in view.

Our bloggers are community members, who all live with a SCI, whether it is their own, or a family member’s.
You are invited to comment on the posts and we also welcome guest contributions; feel free to contact us if you'd like to become a guest blogger for Spire.

How I kept myself sane during lockdown
1 April, 2021

After spending months in hospital recovering from a pressure injury, Karen was discharged as Victoria entered its second Covid-19 lockdown. She describes how an openness to adopting new methods helped keep her connected.

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Why your input matters for spinal cord injury research
1 April, 2021

While research is hugely important for those of us who have a spinal cord injury, the reverse is also true, writes Antonio Vecchio.   

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Colouring in with Ben
27 January, 2021

Ben Winwood used his art to strengthen and inspire his community when under lockdown for Covid-19. He ended up with a precious gift in return.

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Lady with a cucumber
21 January, 2021

A lot of us had plans for 2020 that Covid-19 put paid to. When restrictions were finally lifted, Emily Quattrocchi decided it was time to see her friends who lived in Warrnambool, something she had planned for earlier in the year. It was her first independent journey since her injury, and it held a little more drama than she'd have liked.

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How participating in community networks has helped me live well
18 January, 2021

Barbara Simpson had a spinal cord injury in 2005 and completed her rehab at Olympia Private Rehabilitation Hospital in the Melbourne suburb of Thornbury. Olympia Private wasn’t dedicated to the rehab of people who have SCI, and so Barbara didn’t receive peer mentoring until she met AQA staff at a Regional Special Clinic operated by Austin Health. Barbara has recently relocated to New Zealand and wanted to share her experience.

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