Hi there. My name is Sarah and this is my blog. I live in coastal South Australia, where I was born and raised. Although I haven’t always lived here, after school, I moved to Adelaide where I studied Equine Husbandry and Management at Uni SA. I have had horses since I was 11yrs old and they are still a big part of my life. I currently have 2 horses, Doozie and Angel, both Thoroughbreds that I retrained after racing and competed in Dressage on. I also have a cat called Molly. She is my fur child and lives up to her many nick names, Princess Molly, Wally, Monster or fluffy But.
I have just turned 30 and just before my birthday my life kind of took an interesting turn. In my late twenties I ran a clothing label and owned a retail store in coastal South Australia. In late 2012 I received a bad burn injury to 20% of my body. It triggered a disease in my nervous system called Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as CRPS. It’s a rare, long-term and progressive condition characterised by severe pain, inflammation and changes in the skin. It began in my left hand and has quickly spread to all four of my limbs. Some days I can barely walk, other days if I pace myself I can still do the things I love, such as working in my veggie garden and growing my own food.
I’m a strict vegetarian and love fresh organically grown food. I’m also keen on the principles of permaculture and I now have the luxury of a large unused garden to do as I please. I love hanging out there with Molly watching from up on the fence and mums dog Gemma watching on in hope I’ll throw something for her. I honestly feel that it is having my garden and horses that keep me going. I’m in a “loosed it or use it” situation and they are keeping me active and able to use my limbs.
I’m learning a lot about life at the moment, and I’m doing my best to live my life to the fullest. I’m not sure what will happen in the future. I can’t see me living my life around CRPS and I’m looking at career options that will allow me to work. In the past I was a very physical person. I was a sculptor, artist and rode horses that were trained to gallop and I wanted them to dance. I loved physical work, and was always in the front of the crowd on the barriers at any music event I could. It’s a strange thing to change your approach to life, but at the same time I’m keen to see it as an adventure or a challenge. At the end of the day when life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade!
I really hope you enjoy my blog. Please feel free to leave comments and feel free to drop by from time to time.