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Life, paralysed from the neck down, out loud. South Africans crowdfunded an inspirational woman’s dream.

Tracy Todd

Tracy Todd’s memoir has been published thanks to South African’s everywhere that Crowdfunded it and helped reach her goal of 100K

 

Lives can be changed in an instant.

For Tracy Todd, that moment came in April 1998. She had walked out of her home with her husband, holding their baby on her hip and dragging a suitcase packed with beach clothes. Seven weeks later, she was pushed through their front door in a wheelchair, unable to move anything except her head.

Everything had changed.

In her memoir Tracy reconstructs the horrifying moments of the accident, and her memory of the split second when she realised that her neck had broken and that from this moment on, everything would be different.

We follow her through the first awful days and weeks of her rehabilitation, when she began to learn that everything she’d taken for granted before was now beyond her reach: she couldn’t, at least initially, breathe without assistance, talk, or eat, or evacuate her bowels.

When, at her own insistence, she was put in a wheelchair, she fainted repeatedly. She hoped to die.

But eventually she went home.

Ramps were built. Showers were adapted. Her one-year-old son learned that his mother was different.

And her husband at first rejected and then abandoned her.

Against all odds, Tracy chose to live – and to do so independently. Divorced, and living on her own with helpers, Tracy learned to turn what had appeared to be a life of humiliation and victim-hood into one in which she took charge of her choices and learned what options were available.

We wrote about her brave story here and today we bring you an exciting update!

Brave Lotus Flower Rides the Dragon is an honest and intimate memoir that looks into the life of a South African quadriplegic. Many people have never met a quadriplegic and have no idea how to respond when they do.

Tracy’s candid details of how she has coped, physically and emotionally, with various day-to-day activities like eating, reading, writing, communicating, bathing and going to the toilet, as well as her romantic and sexual experiences, lays it all bare.

“All through life we are encouraged to dream. When you’re suddenly paralysed from the neck down, you don’t expect to have any dreams left, other than maybe making a miraculous recovery. I dared to dream about writing a book, having it published and sold in bookstores.”

“Thank you Thundafund for providing me with the platform to raise money for this project and turning my dream into a reality. An entire library wouldn’t have enough words to express my gratitude.”

Thundafund is a South African based crowdfunding website used by everyday people to raise money for charity, personal goals and business plans. The aim is to build a supportive crowd of backers.

“Our commitment is to South Africa and Africa and we believe that by activating our own communities we can build prosperity.” 

Tracy Todd’s goal on Thundafund was to raise 100K, this would cover a professional book editor, eBook creation and publishing the book into a hard copy.

Since her Thundafund was started 105 backers helped Tracy raise R 112,550.00 which meant her book can officially be published.

Tracy will be launching her memoir on the 23rd of February 2017 at the court in front of Exclusive Books, Riverside Mall in Nelspruit.


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Tyler Vivier
Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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