Crash survivor gives the gift of words

Emily Martin 3 - Emily Martin standing on the road where the accident occurred

Reflections: Emily Martin stands on the road where the accident occurred.

The remarkable story of a St George mother has been committed to paper as she shares her journey of living with a brain injury after a cycling accident.

As Emily Martin launches her book The Gift – Finding Strength Within When you Need it Most, she is reminded of how much can change in a short space of time.

Almost a year ago to the day, the mother-of-three was in a life-threatening accident while on a morning bike ride with two friends.

Despite damage to her speech, memory and sight, Emily has been working her way through rehabilitation and writing this book is at the heart of that process.

“My outlook on life will never be the same,” she says.

After the accident, Emily suffered brain trauma and  unable to recall her name, age or where she lived.

Emily made it through the early weeks of recovery with love and support from her family.

According to Emily, it was the out pour of support from friends and community that helped get her through the early stages of recovery.

While she was in hospital, Emily’s friends and the St George community rallied around creating a timetable to help care for her three children.

“I was brought to tears when I returned home and saw the timetable of activities and the freezer full of home cooked meals.”

“I always knew the connections and care that a rural community offers is amazing but to experience it first-hand is overwhelming,” Emily says.

The Gift began as a way for Emily to document her story for her children. But it quickly became something more.

It focuses on the nine key strengths that Emily believes are essential to creating a well-lived life.

The culmination of a remarkable journey, the book will be officially launched in St George on Monday 22 February, so that others can share in her inspiring story.

The book launch and sales will raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and the Princess Alexandra Hospital BIRU, two organisations that played a critical role in Emily’s recovery.

Emily's Book 'The Gift' will be launched on February 22 in St George.

Emily’s Book ‘The Gift’ will be launched on February 22 in St George.

The St George Book Launch is on Monday, 22 February 2016 from 5 pm to 6 pm at Riversands Vineyard, 66 Whytes Road , St George. 

The Toowoomba Book Launch will take place on Tuesday 23 February 2016 from 5 pm to 6 pm at the Park House Café, 92 Margaret Street, Toowoomba. 

To RSVP to attend one of the book launches please contact Jo Eady 0419912879 or email [email protected]