'I'd see the streets where I used to run and feel nothing but sadness': Woman left PARAPLEGIC after a skydive recalls her struggle to adjust... before she beat the odds to walk again
- Emma Carey, from Queensland, suffered a skydiving accident in 2013
- This left her a paraplegic, but she amazed doctors by walking a year later
- Ms Carey is now a fitness guru with over 60,000 Instagram followers
- She posted on Instagram about moving to the Gold Coast and adjusting
- She said that she struggled to live in her old town as she had changed
- However, now, Ms Carey says she is extremely happy with her fresh start
These days, she is known as an inspirational fitness guru with nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram.
But for 23-year-old, Emma Carey, who suffered a horrific skydiving accident in Switzerland, adjusting to life since hasn't been easy.
Ms Carey's parachute and emergency chute became tangled during the dive in 2013 and choked her instructor, who became unconscious. The subsequent free fall saw her land on her stomach with her instructor on top of her.
Beating the odds: A horrific skydiving accident left 23-year-old Emma Carey a paraplegic in 2013 - however, she amazed the doctors when she started walking just a year later
Her spine was broken in two places, her pelvis was shattered and spinal cord crushed. Later, she began physical therapy at a Sydney hospital.
Even though she amazed the doctors by walking less than a year after the accident, Ms Carey posted on Instagram on Friday, explaining that adjusting to her new life was the main reason why she moved away from her hometown, Canberra, and set up home on the Gold Coast.
'I moved for so many reasons and to be honest they probably weren't the right ones,' she wrote.
Success: Ms Carey, originally from Queensland, is now hugely successful as a fitness guru (pictured) - she has nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram
Raw: Ms Carey is very honest on her profile - she recently penned a candid post about moving to the Gold Coast as she needed a fresh start
Achievement: After she had her accident in 2013, Ms Carey slowly started walking (pictured) - her story has inspired thousands all over the world
'After my accident, the place where I had spent my entire life growing up didn't feel like home anymore.
'I would see the streets where I used to run and feel nothing but sadness, I would struggle to shower in my own home and think of how easily I could do it just months before, I would go into the chemist where I worked for five years and buy enemas from my old friends, I would drive past the places I used to go with my boyfriend and wonder where he was now.'
According to the 23-year-old, the fateful parachuting accident made her feel 'detached' from her old life:
'It pained me every day to be in my old town and my old home when I was not the same person,' she said.
Not the same: After my accident, the place where I had spent my entire life growing up didn't feel like home anymore,' Ms Carey wrote in an Instagram post (pictured)
Detached: She said that she felt somewhat separate from her old life, and she added that she needed a 'fresh start' and a second chance somewhere else
New set up: And so, she moved to the Gold Coast; somewhere where she wasn't known and people were no longer aware of what had happened to her
Change: The 23-year-old's life changed after she jumped out of a plane in Switzerland during a European holiday with her best friend - she stayed in Swiss hospitals afterwards (pictured)
And so, Ms Carey moved to the Gold Coast.
'I guess you could call it running away, but I was running with a purpose,' she said.
She wanted to start 'fresh', where nobody knew her, and people wouldn't stop her in the street to commiserate about what had happened to her while on holiday in Switzerland:
'Now I get people stopping me saying: 'You are so strong, thank you,'' Ms Carey wrote.
'I've learnt that a bad situation has whatever ending you want it to.'
Fun: Since then, she has become a fitness guru, amassing a huge number of Instagram followers, who love her fun, candid posts (pictured)
Motivated: These days, according to Ms Carey, she is more known as the 'girl who fell from the sky', rather than 'the skydive accident girl'
Grabbing life: Ms Carey told Daily Mail Australia that she draws a lot of strength and support from her fans on Instagram
These days, Ms Carey's Instagram profile is testament to the fact that she loves her life once again, and grabs each opportunity that she can.
Having documented her recovery and journey to walking again late in 2013, she has built up followers all over the world who find her story one of inspiration, hope and defying the odds:
'Ever since I first began sharing my story and gaining a following on social media, I made a promise to myself to always be open and honest and always share both the good and bad,' she told Daily Mail Australia.
Recovery: Having documented her recovery and journey to walking again late in 2013, she has built up followers all over the world who find her story one of inspiration, hope and life
'My Instagram is basically a diary of all of my thoughts. People always ask me how I stay so positive despite what I've been through and the answer to me is obvious. What other choice is there?
'I realised pretty quickly after my accident that my injury was here for life, it didn't matter whether I was okay with it or not, I was going to have to deal with it either way. That's why I chose not to let it ruin me.
'More than anything I have always wanted to live a life that I can look back on and know that I enjoyed, so that's what I try to do every single day.'
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