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‘I’m so much more than what happened to me’



After a rare spinal cord stroke which left her paralysed, Sophie Shane now relies on a wheelchair to retain her fiercely-guarded independence. But in a society which still has much to do to be disability friendly, Sophie continues to experience many challenges along the way

Here, Sophie shares some insights with her trademark searing honesty, as well as her hopes for greater awareness around disability and to remove the taboos around being in a wheelchair

Five years ago, I had a spinal cord stroke. It’s a very rare form of stroke where a blood clot essentially passes through your spine, and has left me paralysed and in a wheelchair.

This is my reality and this is my life...

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