Coping beyond adversity: living with a spinal cord injury

Published on October 27, 2011 Updated on February 29, 2016   25 min

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Everybody living with a spinal cord injury has a story to tell about how their life has been turned upside down in an instant with significant changes and adjustments far beyond what most able-bodied people could ever care to imagine. This presentation, Coping Beyond Adversity, Living with a Spinal Cord Injury, will hopefully enlighten you into that existence. Hi, my name is Gary Allsopp and I'm a quadriplegic due to an accident playing Australian Rules Football in 1989. This is my story.
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I was born on the 20th of October 1960 and I grew up in the suburb of North Blackburn in the east of Melbourne in Australia. As long as I can remember, I had a passion for sport, any sport. Tennis, golf, basketball, it didn't really matter. But particularly, cricket and Australian Rules Football. Another great love of mine growing up was music. I always knew the latest songs in the charts and on the radio as well as having a fairly extensive record collection. In the early 1980s, somehow both of these passions came together when I decided to start DJ-ing at several functions at my football club, which led to a professional and lucrative DJ and singing career that lasted up until my accident. It was in this industry that I met my wife who was a dancer. And we married in 1987, bought a new house, our life could not have been better until one day, fate stepped in.
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Coping beyond adversity: living with a spinal cord injury

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