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