I am writing this early, just after the events of Tuesday. Sometimes things get real, Tuesday was very real and I make apologies to no one for taking anything people write or say to me in this job seriously- the alternative from that is just too frightening for me to contemplate.
Sam fortunately left another comment and he says he’s fine which is great news.
I write this early in the week as I need to make one thing clear to everyone who may come into contact with us. that message is simply this:
Your life matters.
We are faced with serious problems, health, finance, relationship, social, work, parenting.. the list of ways a workplace injury affects an injured worker is manifold – and that isn’t including the pain in the butt which is workers compensation. but what is more important is our lives. If we don’t stay in this world then we cant see the changes happen. We cant see ourselves getting better, managing the pain and succeeding in ways that we never would have thought possible when we first were injured. We cant see our friends pick us up, and our family readjust and create a new type of normal – a normal that I have seen in so many cases is preferred to the old normal. From the edge all you can see is the ground from the foot of a mountain though all you see is the sky.
Adjusting to an acquired disability takes time, it will lead anyone and everyone through depression and isolation. In truth we, and indeed all injured worker support networks throughout the world, can only walk that path with you. Whether we win or loose, whether we grow in our power and influence or shrink, the walk is always the thing.
The networks celebrate the wins and commiserate with the losses but what we all have in common is that we firmly believe that your life matters. It matters more than the work we do and more than any win we could ever dream of achieving.
The other thing all injured worker support networks and group have in common is that we will never give up. I hope that Sam and any other injured worker in NSW or Australia, or Canada, or America or Brittan, France, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Brazille (we are larger than what you may think) will continue to never give up.
If you do ever feel you are at that lowest point, on the edge of that dark hole you will call on a friend, or a family member, or us, or call Life line or any of the number of support agencies, but that you will make that decision to see what life will continue to be like.
Life line can be reached 24/7 on 13 11 14
The IWSN runs member meetings throughout NSW and always plans to run more. saying you aren’t alone sounds glib but I know it to be true.