On Wednesday 5th June, we launched the second Aspire book, It’s My life 2, a collection of stories from people with Spinal Cord Injury. The book is kindly sponsored by Hollister.
It’s My Life 2 is available free to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), with the aim of showing how other spinal injured people have achieved independence and overcome challenges associated with SCI to fulfill their personal goals. It is given out in Spinal Injury Centres and other hospitals, and is also available through the Aspire website.
The launch event took place at the splendid The Royal Geographical Society in Kensington where, on a rare warm summer evening, guests enjoyed an exhibition of photographs from the book, refreshments and inspiring insights from speakers Tom Nabarro; Clinical Psychologist, Helen Smith; and Aspire Chairman, David Edwards.
Tom, who is featured in the book, has a high level spinal cord injury that he sustained in a snowboarding accident aged 22. He was recently married to Ellen and their story looks at the impact of spinal cord injury on relationships, detailing aspects such as how Tom managed to secretly buy an engagement ring, and what it is like for a couple sharing their home with carers.
Helen Smith spoke about the enormous benefit she has seen Aspire’s first book have for spinal injury patients, their families and friends. The second book looks to add to its success, featuring 25 diverse new stories, with each person demonstrating what independent living means to them; whether it is having a family or returning to work.
Special thanks to all those who shared their inspirational stories in the book, and to everyone involved in its production. Details on how to order a copy are here.