‘The NDIS has just opened up doors for me’, says Mark.‘
There were so many people wanting to help me, it is just amazing. Now I can get up and go outside and run around the park with the grandkids, which is just the best thing. Without the NDIS getting involved, I wouldn’t be able to pick up my new grandbabies, because I was too reliant on a walking frame. It’s just made such a big impact on day-to-day living.
My life before the NDIS revolved around having seizures nearly every day and having brain operations because of the fluid build-up in my head. I wasn’t able to go anywhere so I was pretty much a hermit. There wasn’t any light at the end of the tunnel. It wasn’t a life; it was just this constant waiting for something to happen—the next downside of my life.
Now, I can get up and I don’t need bed ropes to get out of bed. Life is just back on track. My whole independence is back.
If my wife has an appointment and I need to have somebody come with me to my own appointment, I can quickly ring up the Carer Support Group that will come out and take me.
My next goal is to work—it’s going to give me a purpose doing something else. After going through the difficulties that I’ve gone through, nothing really should be taken for granted any more. Returning to work would be the biggest thing, because I’m not one of those people that would just normally sit at home.’
Story adapted from video Ordinary Life