3rd October 2016
A heartfelt thank you goes to the Jubilee Sailing Trust for giving me an experience of a lifetime and one that I'll never forget. On their tall ship Tenacious http://jst.org.uk/our-tall-ships/tenacious/ I took part in a voyage from Melbourne to Adelaide in southern Australia. Many of the people on board had a disability like me. Mine is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which is progressive and has progressed and is getting worse. It was great not to have to think about it for a while. I am now in a wheelchair as mobility and walking is impossible. I was not on my own as many others had MS or some other neurological disease. Personally my life is a constant and daily struggle. It has affected me in so many ways such as my balance and with things like crippling fatigue and speech difficulties.I can have very scary falls. An ambulance has taken me to hospital now on three occasions after having to dial 000 when MS has got the better of me. Once I fell, hit my head on a table and ended up with three stitches in my head. An other time I fell in a disabled toilet and again hit my head with blood everywhere and had to call an ambulance and get sown up. When I'm out of my wheelchair I have to use my upper body strength to hang onto something to keep me mobile and upright or use a walking aid. Thankfully I still have that body strength. It must be even more difficult for others who have lost theirs. Anyway back to the voyage, the crew were fantastic and even had a way of hoisting us high up the mast in our wheelchairs. The view up there was spectacular to say the least and I felt very safe. I do love the ocean and it has always been a big part of my life as this short film shows. https://open.abc.net.au/explore/96096 Going past Kangaroo Island and coming into Adelaide was a great experience and great to see. The people on board were great and I made many friends. As we got comfortable with each other our smiles got bigger and bigger which was a joy to see.
Thanks again to the Jubilee Sailing Trust.