"SUCCESS IS NOT FINAL,
FAILURE IS NOT FATAL:
IT IS THE COURAGE TO
CONTINUE THAT COUNTS."
My name is Jon (Frenchie) Le Galloudec and in 2007 a life altering incident changed the course of my life where I would forever be physically different and left in agonizing pain. I was shot through the spine whilst serving in Iraq and left partially paralysed. Doctors said that it would be unlikely that I would ever walk again and I would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I now had to contend with a future that would be very different from the one I had mapped out for myself. I am now disabled.
The Oxford Dictionary defines 'Disabled' as; (of a person) having a physical or mental condition that limits their movements, senses, or activities.
The Oxford Thesaurus describes 'Disabled' as; handicapped, incapacitated; debilitated, infirm, out of action, crippled, lame, maim, paralysed, immobilised, bedridden.
Yes, I am disabled, however, this web page will show you, I do not let it define who I am or let it dictate my path in life. I may be disabled, but I am none of those words described by the Thesaurus as being disabled. This website will show you that anything is possible and it begins with having the courage to take that one small step towards the start line. The path can be fraught with dangers and you may slip once or twice, but some grit and determination will get you back on track. Getting to the finish line, well, that part is up to you.
“All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
I will be publishing thought provoking blogs on here that may be hard to read, but I will also publish stories that will hopefully inspire you, even fuel you to go on and make positive changes in your life. There will be educational blogs, medical blogs and even blogs that are very personal to me, but ultimately, I want you to love, laugh and cry with me as I traverse through life. I have challenges ahead of me and through my writing you will be right there with me seeing what I see and feeling everything I feel.There is no set path to follow in life. There is no blue print to show you the right path, but, I have walked down many wrong roads in my time. Surely the right path is just around the corner.