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Update 2013..

Twelve years ago my life as I knew it changed. My mom, sister and myself were in a terrible car accident which resulted in my mom breaking both her arms and myself with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), loss of smell and ability to see out of my right eye and tunnel vision in my left. But all this you know, I am sure you've all read the stories before this one arrived.

So why don't I tell you how I, Mandy Tamsyn Fisher, am doing now!

Less than 3 years ago I got my Bachelor of Education Degree in Foundation Phase….. in simple terms that means I am able to teach ages 0 - 9 or from birth to Grade 3. I have worked at Fulton School for the deaf (they taught me sign language), Lyndhurst Primary School (the primary school that I went to when I was a youngster) and Rhythmic Beat (because teaching jobs were and still are scarce!).

At the moment I am still looking for the perfect position that accommodates my eye sight problems to such an extent that they are a problem no more :)

I have fallen hopelessly, madly in love with a gentleman whom I met at Varsity College. This handsome gentleman goes by the name of Nicholas Kirkiridis (that surname is due to Greek heritage and it took me almost 6 months to learn how to pronounce it). We have been together for 5 years on the 29 of March 2013.

He is one of the reasons I wake up in the mornings with a some spring in my step. I have no idea how I got this lucky…. Nick seems to think I got kissed on the backside by a leprechaun or a fairy of some sort!

Although there are days when I wake up and feel really sorry for myself - thoughts like "its not my fault" or "how come nobody understands what I am going through" and the worst "what the hell can I do with my life with all these boundaries and setbacks!".

But I stop these thoughts the moment they try to cloud my head with negativity and victimisation. I then look how further I have come, not from my injuries but because of my attitude and the people who have helped me along the way (Joe-Joe Loader nee Mills, my family, my friends, Nic Davies, Kerry Gillit, Rosanne Hardy….. I could go on forever! To the many people who say or who have said, "Shame look what happened to you!" I say the following, "Don't feel sorry for me, feel inspired by me and how far I have come in life." And most importantly, nothing will stop me from becoming the best version of myself that I can possibly be.

So to those who say "You can't do that due to your brain injury" I say "Watch me!"