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January 01 , 2008

A Very Different Life


The first significant change in Maggie Thomson’s life occurred when, at the age of twenty-two, she and her boyfriend whom she had met at Bristol University, decided to return to his homeland in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).Although it was against her father’s wishes she was determined to marry Mac, become a policeman’s wife and pursue her career as a teacher. In April 1960 Maggie’s life physically and metaphorically somersaulted when the car she was driving rolled down a bank causing her to break her backand injury which has confined her to a wheel chair ever since.Her old life stopped and another began, as a paraplegic in a strange land with limited facilitiesbut lots of friends Maggie Thomson’s story of how she has lived a full and rewarding life (she is now in her seventies), is truly inspirational. She tells of her life in a wheel chair as it is without glossing over the problems; but her writing clearly shows her attitude to life as being one of adventure looking forward.She does not dwell on the ‘might have been’ and pays tribute to her many friends and two sons who have helped her along the way. It is a book from which both the able bodied and incapacitated can derive much strength and encouragement.
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