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One of the Best Days of My Life

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So next week, my temporary contract with the Barts Centre For Trauma Sciences winds up. And how many times can you say that your job has changed your life?

Here are some experiences/ images that I will take with me to my grave.

1) Shooting a video, with fellow Australian photographer Gary Schwartz, of an amazing chap, Joshua Robertson. Severely disabled due to a quad bike accident at the age of 11, Josh now has a brilliant career ahead of him as a stand up comedian.

After we did this shoot, Josh said to me “who would have thought that being disabled would have been the best thing that happened to me?”

2) Today, I organised some more photos in the Royal London Hospital, shot again by Gary who has an extraordinary rapport with patients and staff. See attached photo. I ended up chatting to some trauma injury patients. One of them showed me his arms, stripped with scar after scar, because he also has a malignant bone cancer. And then he was hit by a car last week.

These photos and videos are going to be featured on an After Trauma website I have been developing, to support the vision of Karen Hoffman, an extraordinary occupational/ rehabilitation therapist, for the Centre for Trauma Sciences.

What next? Who knows.

But God bless us, everyone.

Nx

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  1. Daniel R. Gerard - November 21, 2014 3:54 pm

    I used to think that life was a random happenstance of confluences, that would randomly align for the perfect or imperfect set of circumstances to occur. That first time you heard the ‘song’ by a particular group, meeting someone truly special, a life-changing event. I thought I was an existentialist, that things happened regardless of what we did to change it…

    Then you see the good and decent men and women of the Barts Center For Trauma Sciences. Trauma patients at the nexus of trauma care and trauma centers, in the back and forth battle between life and death. It is a set of circumstances that defies description. For those who have experienced it, who have observed it, the resuscitation of the trauma patient can be an inspiring, heart-stopping, heart-breaking, exhilarating, useless, miraculous, death-defying, and life-ending experience…sometimes all of these at the same time.

    It is an exercise in altering the future…to change the course of tragedy…to prevent or minimize disability. The trauma team gives hope to the hopeless. A lesson in futility? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Every year we get better. We cannot save everyone, but we will try. Always at the ready, we never think about them, but they are always there for us.

    I can’t wait to see After Trauma Nikki. Thank you.

  2. Andrea - November 21, 2014 4:41 pm

    Hey Nik, wonderful post, good luck with next steps, bless us all indeed! Centre for trauma sciences sounds amazing.

  3. Gary Schwartz - November 22, 2014 5:08 am

    You make extraordinary things happen. You do inspire people like me.

    It has been extraordinary and I hope there is more that we can do there.

  4. nicole - December 2, 2014 1:29 pm

    Thanks all for kind comments! Just got word my contract has been extended until Sept next year, so more exciting and moving times ahead:-) x

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