This is my story, I’m Jen, but where I’m going to start my story is with a boy called Ben.
Ben’s my boyfriend and he’s also now a paraplegic. He had an accident in July 2014 that not only completely changed his life forever but it also changed mine too. One moment all our dreams were coming true and the next we were being challenged in ways we could never imagine. So this is my story about what its like to be the plus 1, to be the support behind the injury.
Through the process so far I’ve read everything I can on paraplegia and I’ve discovered some amazingly open blogs from those coming to terms with being a paraplegic, but I found very little from the perspective of the partner, or family members and I craved to know how everyone else in my situation was coping. I read whatever I could to try to normalise what was happening to Ben, to understand what his challenges would be but I also wanted to learn what mine would be too. So this is my raw and honest account about how I feel travelling on the journey with my paralyzed boy called Ben.