The Start.... Welcome to my life an my recovery


Im Nicholas Michael William Mannix AKA Nicko, im 27 years old and I'm from Invercargill.

My life changed forever on New Years Eve 2014 when i was 25 years old. My friend and i went to a party, there was a few people there, i was hesitant.. i didn't know anyone. As the night went on the music got louder and the drinks kept flowing....... Boys being boys we were playing around being stupid, I was behind a ute thinking it was going forward.. I thought wrong as It came over top of me at speed then continued to go forward over me for a 2nd time, In that split second my whole life had changed.. It all happened so fast it was a split decision and i didn't really consider any of it. I was conscious through the whole thing... When the ordeal was over and there was nobody around I knew that something was really wrong, the longer i was laying there the more i realised that yano i think I'm paralysed.. I felt like i saw the light and i thought i was going, and i remember saying to myself 'I don't want to die'.

I broke my neck at the C6-C7 level which has left me a tetraplegic, that means i haven't  got the use of all four limps completely.. 

I wanted the world to still see Nicko even though i had become a tetraplegic, i lost a lot and i didn't want to loose my identity too. Being the boy in the wheelchair wasn't my plan, so i didn't want people to just see the chair.. Its been so hard but the perseverance has been worth it, if only i knew that from the start...

I want people to realise how important there life is and to think about the risks that they take because you only have one life so make the most of it. 

NICKO


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