“I can do anything I hope to!” – Sharon
Sharon was an accomplished young show jumper and equestrian rider until a car accident left her with an acquired brain injury and physical disabilities at the age of 16.
Sharon didn’t think she would ever be able to ride again. But now, decades later, her love of horses has rekindled and she has gained the confidence to get back in the saddle. This is an achievement, she says, that was made possible by her UnitingCare lead practitioner Caroline.
“I wanted to find the courage to get back on a horse again,” says Sharon.
While researching places for Sharon to ride and interact with her beloved horses, the pair continued with Sharon’s daily exercises to improve her leg strength. Soon enough, Sharon was back in the saddle where she belonged.
“It was a real heart-melt moment to see her up there and the smile on her face was amazing,” says Caroline.
For Sharon, it was both a victory and an important turning point – one that has empowered her to redefine what she’s capable of.
“To see how Sharon is flourishing now compared to before is just amazing,” says Caroline.
The support worker’s own story is inspiring. Some years ago, Caroline gave up her desk job to do this work and it’s a decision she has never once regretted. The biggest perk of the job? Encouraging people to believe in themselves enough to overcome their challenges and achieve their dreams!
“I find it a lot more fulfilling. Seeing Sharon find her voice and find the courage to try different things…. To see her get back up on that horse with confidence: they are the things I’m most proud of.”
Caroline and Sharon’s relationship goes far beyond that of practitioner/client.
“We’re a great team. We can bounce off each other, we can joke with each other, we can pick on each other! I’m there to guide Sharon in the right direction, help her out in the community and make sure Sharon’s getting everything she needs, wants and deserves.”
What that doesn’t mean, though, is doing everything for Sharon. As Caroline explains, independence is key.
“We stand back and let them push forward doing what they want to do.”
And if something happens?
“Well, then we’re there to pick it up, help them along and encourage them not to give up.”
Watch Sharon’s story here.
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