Sue’s life before meningitis revolved around the water, having grown up mere blocks from the surf and then having Rob propose to her at the beach. The meningitis left her with an incomplete spinal cord lesion at T11 but she regained her ability to walk with 2 sticks. She has worked diligently since 2014 to maximise her independence, to improve her mobility and balance, but the magical surf had eluded her until recently. After a block of therapy focusing on her ability to get in and out of the water, it became clear to Rob that Sue would need more than her hard work to find this independence. He came up with a system to
system that would allow her to walk into the water with her sticks, then leave them once in the water, have a swim, and then pick them up again to get out of the water. The proof was in the pudding and Sue and Rob succeeded together in achieving this amazing independence on a recent holiday.
Congratulations, Sue and Rob. This was a long road, travelled by the two of you and it is a testament to the relationship you have. This Gold Star Award rightly belongs to both of you. Thank you for your diagrams and explanations, Rob. These will very likely assist others to revel in the freedom that Sue has rediscovered at the beach.