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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016

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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016

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Sunday Territorian; NewspaperNT

Date

2016-06-12

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English

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/262721

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/477807

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40 FRONTIER HEALTH SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 body + soulM Y S T O R Y8 b+s E mma Careys happiness is contagious. Her authenticity, kindness and healthy outlook on life have won her many followers online, and its easy to understand why. Youll rarely see a photo where she isnt smiling, and her outdoor adventures will inspire you to turn off the TV and explore the world. But the reason this 23-year-old Queenslander is so inspirational goes far beyond green smoothies and bikinis. A DAY TO REMEMBER June 9, 2013, is a day so important to Emma, she chose to have it permanently etched into her arm with a tattoo. It was on this date that she and her best friend, Jemma, went skydiving over the Swiss Alps, one week into their trip of a lifetime in Europe. As she sat in the helicopter, she wasnt nervous at all, and describes the feeling of jumping out into the sky as the best feeling in the entire world. However, this elation was short-lived when her parachute failed to deploy properly. I thought I was going to die for sure. That was the scariest feeling, she says. In a bizarre twist of fate, she was alive and conscious when she hit the ground, yet the worst part had only just begun. When I realised I couldnt feel my legs, that was even worse than falling. I didnt know anything about being a paraplegic or about spinal cord injuries. As soon as I realised my legs couldnt move, I thought I wouldve rather died. MAKING A STAND Emma spent the next three weeks in a Swiss hospital with a broken spine and pelvis, a crushed spinal cord and, worst of all, the devastating news that she may never walk again. She flew back home to Australia, where she spent the next three months in a Sydney hospital. With nothing much to do other than physio appointments and wheelchair lessons, Emma spent a lot P H O TO G R A P H Y: A D A M H E A D Three years after a skydiving accident left her with devastating spinal injuries, Emma Carey has literally got back on her feet and inspired thousands of people in the process, as Brianna Scully discovers The girl who fell from of her time looking at inspirational health influencers on Instagram like Kayla Itsines. Id look at their posts and they were always so uplifting and it really kept me going, she says. I think thats why I got into social media, because I wanted to be what they were for me, for someone else. And that she is. After three months of treatment in hospital, Emma was able to walk, albeit slowly, and continued to improve each day. It didnt take long for people online to stumble across Emmas story, and she quickly became a source of inspiration for people all over the world. Despite being appreciative of the kind words that come her way, Emma doesnt want the fact she can walk again to be the reason people find her inspiring. [Walking again] was kind of out of my control, she explains. If someone had told me this was going to happen, I probably wouldve just gone into a hole and not talk to anyone or not want to live, but Ive kind of managed to stay OK and be happy. Id rather people look up to me for that than the walking. PICTURE (IM)PERFECT Although Emma loves helping others, with this comes the pressure of maintaining a positive image for her followers 24/7. Its hard to keep posts uplifting when youre not feeling that way. But I dont want it to be too negative, she says. She acknowledges that the photos she posts arent always a true reflection of whats going on in her life, and this can give the wrong impression to some followers. Some have accused her of faking it, while others have wished her injuries upon themselves as they think she has it easy. In reality, this is far from the truth. Emma still struggles with her injuries to this day, including issues with her bladder and bowel, trouble walking long distances and tiredness. On Instagram Im always posting photos on the beach and people are like, Youre so lucky you dont have to work all you do is go to the beach, and Im like, Yeah, but you dont see the five doctors appointments I went to today, or the surgery Im having tomorrow, she says. BODY OF WORK Emmas outlook on life and down-to-earth nature has made her a go-to girl for advice. On health and fitness, Emma encourages her followers to appreciate their bodies for what they do, not necessarily what they look like. Before my accident I just exercised to lose weight or to look good, but now I have to exercise so I can walk better and so I dont fall asleep during the day, she says. I think its easier to look after your body when you have that appreciation that you need it to live. On dealing with change, Emmas secret is to stay positive. She says that her accident has helped her family learn how to get through any obstacle, including her sister, Hayley, falling pregnant at 17. Although it was difficult to adjust at first, she says her niece, Layla, is the best thing thats ever happened to her and her family. Even if something seems bad at first, it could be the best thing that ever happens to you, Emma says. My accident even though the injuries suck brought so much good to my life. Good things can come from bad things if youre willing to let them. THE SKY A F T E R T H E A C C I D E N T When I got home from hospital, a lot of people treated me cautiously. But my loved ones just acted normally. That was really good. M E S S A G E S F R O M ST R A N G E R S Its really helpful for me, especially when Im feeling down and thinking I havent really done anything great because I cant work. Baby steps. 9.6.13 forever thankful. This was taken about a minute before I became a paraplegic. It is OK to feel hurt and upset. The strong people you look up to and admire have all been there, too. Even though the physical difference between these two pictures is obvious, its the emotional difference that has been the most important and rewarding. For more inspiration, follow Emma on Instagram at @em_carey N INSTA INSPIRATION EMMA SHARES HER THOUGHTS ON P E R F E C T I O N O N S O C I A L M E D I A I hate that social media makes people think that their life sucks. But I always try to explain that my life isnt perfect. Its a beautiful thing to have lungs that allow you to breathe air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and its a shame that sometimes we dont realise that thats enough unknown M Y S T O R Y8 b+s E mma Careys happiness is contagious. Her authenticity, kindness and healthy outlook on life have won her many followers online, and its easy to understand why. Youll rarely see a photo where she isnt smiling, and her outdoor adventures will inspire you to turn off the TV and explore the world. But the reason this 23-year-old Queenslander is so inspirational goes far beyond green smoothies and bikinis. A DAY TO REMEMBER June 9, 2013, is a day so important to Emma, she chose to have it permanently etched into her arm with a tattoo. It was on this date that she and her best friend, Jemma, went skydiving over the Swiss Alps, one week into their trip of a lifetime in Europe. As she sat in the helicopter, she wasnt nervous at all, and describes the feeling of jumping out into the sky as the best feeling in the entire world. However, this elation was short-lived when her parachute failed to deploy properly. I thought I was going to die for sure. That was the scariest feeling, she says. In a bizarre twist of fate, she was alive and conscious when she hit the ground, yet the worst part had only just begun. When I realised I couldnt feel my legs, that was even worse than falling. I didnt know anything about being a paraplegic or about spinal cord injuries. As soon as I realised my legs couldnt move, I thought I wouldve rather died. MAKING A STAND Emma spent the next three weeks in a Swiss hospital with a broken spine and pelvis, a crushed spinal cord and, worst of all, the devastating news that she may never walk again. She flew back home to Australia, where she spent the next three months in a Sydney hospital. With nothing much to do other than physio appointments and wheelchair lessons, Emma spent a lot P H O TO G R A P H Y: A D A M H E A D Three years after a skydiving accident left her with devastating spinal injuries, Emma Carey has literally got back on her feet and inspired thousands of people in the process, as Brianna Scully discovers The girl who fell from of her time looking at inspirational health influencers on Instagram like Kayla Itsines. Id look at their posts and they were always so uplifting and it really kept me going, she says. I think thats why I got into social media, because I wanted to be what they were for me, for someone else. And that she is. After three months of treatment in hospital, Emma was able to walk, albeit slowly, and continued to improve each day. It didnt take long for people online to stumble across Emmas story, and she quickly became a source of inspiration for people all over the world. Despite being appreciative of the kind words that come her way, Emma doesnt want the fact she can walk again to be the reason people find her inspiring. [Walking again] was kind of out of my control, she explains. If someone had told me this was going to happen, I probably wouldve just gone into a hole and not talk to anyone or not want to live, but Ive kind of managed to stay OK and be happy. Id rather people look up to me for that than the walking. PICTURE (IM)PERFECT Although Emma loves helping others, with this comes the pressure of maintaining a positive image for her followers 24/7. Its hard to keep posts uplifting when youre not feeling that way. But I dont want it to be too negative, she says. She acknowledges that the photos she posts arent always a true reflection of whats going on in her life, and this can give the wrong impression to some followers. Some have accused her of faking it, while others have wished her injuries upon themselves as they think she has it easy. In reality, this is far from the truth. Emma still struggles with her injuries to this day, including issues with her bladder and bowel, trouble walking long distances and tiredness. On Instagram Im always posting photos on the beach and people are like, Youre so lucky you dont have to work all you do is go to the beach, and Im like, Yeah, but you dont see the five doctors appointments I went to today, or the surgery Im having tomorrow, she says. BODY OF WORK Emmas outlook on life and down-to-earth nature has made her a go-to girl for advice. On health and fitness, Emma encourages her followers to appreciate their bodies for what they do, not necessarily what they look like. Before my accident I just exercised to lose weight or to look good, but now I have to exercise so I can walk better and so I dont fall asleep during the day, she says. I think its easier to look after your body when you have that appreciation that you need it to live. On dealing with change, Emmas secret is to stay positive. She says that her accident has helped her family learn how to get through any obstacle, including her sister, Hayley, falling pregnant at 17. Although it was difficult to adjust at first, she says her niece, Layla, is the best thing thats ever happened to her and her family. Even if something seems bad at first, it could be the best thing that ever happens to you, Emma says. My accident even though the injuries suck brought so much good to my life. Good things can come from bad things if youre willing to let them. THE SKY A F T E R T H E A C C I D E N T When I got home from hospital, a lot of people treated me cautiously. But my loved ones just acted normally. That was really good. M E S S A G E S F R O M ST R A N G E R S Its really helpful for me, especially when Im feeling down and thinking I havent really done anything great because I cant work. Baby steps. 9.6.13 forever thankful. This was taken about a minute before I became a paraplegic. It is OK to feel hurt and upset. The strong people you look up to and admire have all been there, too. Even though the physical difference between these two pictures is obvious, its the emotional difference that has been the most important and rewarding. For more inspiration, follow Emma on Instagram at @em_carey N INSTA INSPIRATION EMMA SHARES HER THOUGHTS ON P E R F E C T I O N O N S O C I A L M E D I A I hate that social media makes people think that their life sucks. But I always try to explain that my life isnt perfect. Its a beautiful thing to have lungs that allow you to breathe air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and its a shame that sometimes we dont realise that thats enough unknown


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