Becoming A Mouth Artist, Author And Motivational Speaker After A Spinal Cord Injury

Henry Fraser, UK

Summary: In 2009, at the age of 17, Henry’s spinal cord was severely damaged after he dived into shallow sea water in Portugal. The injury left him with paralysis from the shoulders down.

First Gamechanger: Mindset shift: While Henry was still in hospital recovering from multiple surgeries, he caught sight of his reflection after being outside. This was the first time he’d seen himself since being in hospital and it led him into an uncomfortable series of revelations.
When Henry initially got home, he lay awake crying in a state of shock. But then he had a realisation: this was how things were and there was nothing he could do to change it. There was no one to blame; it was an accident in the most literal sense of the word. By reaching this conclusion, Henry was able to start adjusting his mental state.

Second Gamechanger: Rediscovering Art: As a teenager, Henry was very much into sport; he played rugby for a Saracens youth team. He also enjoyed art, but put this to one side to focus on his sporting career. However, after his accident, he had to find a new purpose in life, which is what led him back to art and more specifically mouth art.
Henry rediscovered art almost by accident. He found an app on his iPad, and after practicing, he moved on to paint and canvas.
He uses mouth sticks to hold his brushes and has painted a range of figures from the sporting world, such as Jonny Wilkinson and Lewis Hamilton to animals in the natural world.
He has since shown his work at various exhibitions and released a book, The Little Big Things. Finding art reportedly helped give Henry a sense of purpose that he was struggling to find after his injury but it has now given him a passion and a hobby and profession.

The little things that helped a lot
Using your inner competitiveness: When he returned home, Henry was able to motivate himself through sport. As an avid fan, watching football and rugby matches helped to re-ignite his competitive nature. It forced him to push his body, the result of which was being able to sit up on his own, and breath and eat unaided.

Appreciating the things that can often be taken for granted: Henry has previously said that “There were so many moments before my accident I took for granted. I look back and think: ‘If I knew this was going to happen I’d have done so much more.”
Henry is now reported to be more aware of the little things that we can all appreciate but are often missed in our busy schedules. REFERENCES: Please note this blueprint was created second hand from other references including: Henry Fraser: ‘There were so many moments before my accident I took for granted’ | Rugby union | The Guardian

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