An excerpt from The Bay of Plenty Times 28.9.2016
DEATH OF A FRIEND
Amanda Lowry says she wouldn't change who she is a 44-year-old woman paralysed from the chest down. A surfing accident three years ago left her a tetraplegic. On the day we speak inside her Bethlehem kitchen, she relies on a wheelchair to be her legs, a caregiver to be her hands.
"The old me, it's like the death of a friend and I'm really grateful to her for the foundations that she provided to me to build this one - this new life. Because without that, this probably would be quite tough."
Garry's story is a powerful story of letting go of holding onto anger after he was attacked as a prison guard. Read it here. Garry would like to meet his attackers face to face and clear the air. Who knows? Maybe this will reach those it needs to...
"Left stressed and tired arrived back relaxed and refreshed - trail running is good for the soul" Simon Wickham
Seeing these photos that Simon took while trailrunning today made my breath catch! When you see ancient landscape like this, you can see the powerful healing that nature offers humankind. Simon's story about trailrunning and overcoming failure is a powerful men's tale. Check it out here
For the past few months, I’ve been working on art project that means so much to me. 14 incredible women have allowed me to photograph them nude for an art series that embraces and celebrates our diversity as women.
Oh Yes! This competition and what I created is a BIG culmination of releasing so much pain, opening my heart to my new life and baring my soul on stage for all to see.
Those watching saw the finished product but not what it took to get there. This was not just about learning to live with my foot injury but also in March last year, a week before my first pole competition, I tore cartilage in my ribs which meant 9 months off pole...
This amazing part of the sea in Ningaloo has never seen commercial fishing or dredging.. Because of this, the ecosystem is thriving! We were told as we went out to dive that being the end of the season, we would be lucky to see any humpbacks.
See that big grin in this picture😄.. That was me about 15min. before our first dive. Happy, confident, I've done this before... Get all the gear on, jump in the water, go to descend and bam! Panic breathing!! 😳 Can't get my breath.. Come up three times and I'm thinking,"Shit.. I can't do this.. I'm having a panic attack"
Turning negatives into positives...this morning when I woke up at 4.45am so that I could drive 35 mins to work an early shift, I was grumbling to myself about the cold and dark and getting up early and working so far away from home.
One year ago today I was walking from Los Arcos to Lorongo. A 28 km walk - that day.
This was my fourth day on El Camino - a 800 km walking pilgramage that people have trod for thousands of years to purge something, heal something in themselves.
This is no tourist holiday Friends! If you decide to walk this many kilometres you are doing it for a reason.
"This experience of playing muse for a group of artists was powerful for me. I felt beautiful and strong in my own body, This is a long long way from when I was consumed by my eating disorder. The last thing I would ever have thought I could do back then was show my body to a group of total strangers in the middle of Brisbane!
Our writers here at Made Beautiful by Scars are brave souls. In this blog we share what we are upto out in the big old wide world...