My name is Judeland. I would like to share my life-changing experience with you which happened during the Civil War in Sri Lanka on September 24 1996. My family and I will never forget that day.
It was the night of September 23 1996, there was a fight in the village. Thinking it too dangerous to leave during the night, we stayed until morning. Once daylight broke, we decided we had to make a run for safety. I jumped on my bicycle and peddled fast down the road, hearing a strange noise, getting close and closer behind me. The next thing I knew a bomb had exploded, a piece hit me in the lower back – I was in shock! I tried to move but the pain was terrible. I couldn’t move my legs.
This war gave me a new name: Paraplegic T12.
Since that day I have been in a wheelchair, but with a determination to never to give up my dream of living a full life, with all of its challenges.
I am taking part in Run Melbourne 2016 to prove to myself that “I am strong and have the will to go through any walls”.
I will be part of the “Pushing 4 Spire” team. This team is raising funds to help sustain their current peer-support program, community networks, short courses, training opportunities and community forums. All of which are designed to mobilise and connect the resources in our community to support people living with spinal cord injury.