The im­pact of one mo­ment

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - NEWS -

Annabel Lang­bein is truly a star. Why I don’t take life for granted, in the Novem­ber is­sue, is an in­spi­ra­tion and, for our fam­ily, re­in­forces the way we view life. In April this year one of our daugh­ters suf­fered a jet­sprint rac­ing ac­ci­dent, which caused a se­vere brain in­jury. The loss of speech and cog­ni­tive skills, the headaches and fa­tigue shocked and tested us. Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with sin­gle words, point­ing and “ums” gave a new di­rec­tion to cha­rades. But did she give up? No! The long re­hab con­tin­ues, nudg­ing the brain to re­learn many ba­sic skills we take for granted, in­clud­ing be­ing able to cook, which she was pas­sion­ate about. Our lovely daugh­ter is on a jour­ney – from busy mum and prac­tice nurse to a shadow of her for­mer self, she is now im­prov­ing with speed to be­come as she was pre-ac­ci­dent. Well, she’s still work­ing on the cook­ing skills! As with Annabel Lang­bein, in just one mo­ment our lives can change for ever. That is why I, too, don’t take life for granted. CAROL LU­CAS

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