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Any­one who knows me will tell you I am a worka­holic.

Four years ago, af­ter be­ing a job­bing ac­tress for ten years, I was of­fered the ti­tle role in a brand new one-wo­man com­edy called ’51 Shades Of Mag­gie’.

The show was a mas­sive hit and it grabbed the at­ten­tion of River City ex­ec­u­tives who cre­ated a role for me. I was ab­so­lutely over the moon. I had au­di­tioned for a few roles in the show but never been suc­cess­ful.

Dur­ing my time at River City I’ve also ap­peared in panto, cabarets, the in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence that was Gary:Tank Com­man­der at the SSE Hy­dro and re­cently I started de­vel­op­ing my own show.

Work­ing on mul­ti­ple things at once was my way of en­sur­ing ca­reer se­cu­rity. Since I’ve had the best run of work over the last four years, I lived in con­stant fear of it all be­ing taken away.

So when I snapped my Achilles ten­don live on stage on the first night of my brand new show, you can imagine my dis­may. I have been stopped in my tracks. Luck­ily my River City bosses al­lowed me to con­tinue to film and I’ve been film­ing a few scenes a week, but all other live shows have been put on hold.

So as I write this col­umn to­day, I am ask­ing my­self why did this hap­pen?

What have I learned from it and how will I deal with this long pe­riod of re­cov­ery?

Af­ter mulling over things I’ve reached a few pos­i­tive con­clu­sions.

I’ve re­alised that life will throw things in your path.

Maybe it’s to make you ap­pre­ci­ate what you have, maybe it’s to make you un­der­stand that what you think you needed, you ac­tu­ally didn’t.

Maybe it’s to make you re­alise that you came into this world alone and no mat­ter how many friends you have ac­cu­mu­lated along the way, ul­ti­mately you are re­spon­si­ble for your own self and when some­thing like this hap­pens, you are the only one who can re­ally fix it.

In a very bizarre way, al­though I have of­ten felt ab­so­lute frus­tra­tion at the tim­ing of this injury, I’m glad it has hap­pened.

It has made me re­alise how quickly life can change, who is im­por­tant to me and why, what all the hard work is for and what my true goals in life are.

Most of all it’s taught me that I am strong. I am de­ter­mined and I will be back in the au­tumn with a bang... rather than a snap!

The resched­uled dates for ‘Leah MacRae- My Big Fat Fab­u­lous Di­ary’ are Fri­day, Au­gust 4 and Satur­day, Au­gust 5 at East Kil­bride Vil­lage Theatre and Ruther­glen Town Hall.

Tick­ets are avail­able from www. sll­box­of­fice.co.uk Put your whole weight onto the crutches.

Make sure the crutch stop­per on the bot­tom is flat on the ground, not at an an­gle – es­pe­cially on wet ground!

Use one crutch and a banis­ter to climb/go down stairs. Much eas­ier to keep your bal­ance.

Place some can­vas or plas­tic bags in each room of your home and put items in these that you need to trans­fer from room to room with you. Hang the bag on one of your crutches when you go.

Lean crutches up against a cor­ner as they lit­er­ally slide down any­where they are left other­wise.

Buy some padded fin­ger­less wheel­chair gloves and even wrap some foam around the hand grips as your hands be­come bruised and sore very quickly.

Rest when go­ing up stairs. It might seem eas­ier psy­cho­log­i­cally to just do it ‘In a wan­nie’ but trust me, I’m up four flights of stairs and a 60 sec­ond rest half way up can make all the dif­fer­ence!

Bad Break Leah on­stage, com­plet­ing her show af­ter her injury, in­set

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