THE LOCAL RAG

 

WHAT THE LOCAL PAPER HAD TO SAY (THEY EVEN GOT SOME OF IT RIGHT)

 me making the local rag

Copied straight from the paper  :-

Happily (i dont think i was happy i mean i was going to work ) riding to work on his bicycle, Mick Catlin was seconds away from a horrific road accident that was to change his life forever.

 Suddenly hitting a piece of debris, the 50   (eh!!! I was 45) -year-old went over the handlebars and straight under the wheels of an 18-wheeler lorry.

 The accident saw Mick being rushed to hospital and undergoing major surgery for terrible injuries which ultimately led to his left leg being amputated.

 

Yet it was to be the start of an unusual adventure for Mick, of Blyth, Northumberland, who never let the injury get him down. (Really! i must remember that )

Although he admits the psychological wounds from the accident are still healing five years after the accident, he has vowed to live life to the full with the help of a sophisticated prosthetic limb. (Did I?)

And as one of Mick’s favourite pastimes was always walking, the married father-of-two is pledging to set up a walking club exclusively for amputees. (any one will do really)

Mick said: “The mental scars run much deeper than the physical ones to be honest. Five years down the line I wake up every day and put my leg on and it never feels normal.

“People get very down and there’s very little help for them once they’ve been fitted with their limbs and trained to walk a few steps, and I thought it doesn’t have to be like that.

“I want to inspire people to get out there and enjoy themselves.”  (Did I really say that?)

Fond of walking around the hills and crags of Northumberland and the Lake District, Mick is now calling for like-minded amputees to get in touch and join him.

He said: “I guess you could say I’ve been something of a success story in the way I’ve dealt with things, (nothing like being big headed is there) but it is my firm view that more needs to be done for people like me in the North. People need to be shaken and see there’s a big wide world out there.(i am so modest at times eh?)

Mick still remembers the night of the accident, which happened as he cycled to the Alcan factory (its a power station) in Northumberland.

He says he still can’t understand how he managed to survive but believes work colleagues who happened to be passing and called the ambulance may have helped him get help in time. ?????(more likly to help themself to my supper )

 “I can remember everything about it,” Mick said. (Strange because I remember only a little bit about it)

 “I went over the handlebars and there just happened to be a lorry coming towards me in the opposite direction and everything was in slow motion. (No it was overtaking me heading in the same direction)

“I remember thinking ‘oh ****’ (that***** is shit) and how could I roll out of the way? I remember my left shoulder snapping and then looking up and seeing a huge black wheel. I was drifting in and out of consciousness.

 

“I woke up in hospital in the morning and found that my leg had been amputated.”  (that bits right)

 

For more information about Mick’s plans for a walking group, e-mail him at: michaelno1@worldonline.co.uk

Strange thing is they more or less got everything wrong good job I’m not someone who is famous

 

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