AustralienUnfallfolgen: Frau postet Foto ihrer Inkontinenz - und hat eine starke Botschaft

Die Australierin Emma Carey ist inkontinent. Jahrelang verschwieg sie das, bis jetzt: Auf einem Foto, das sie auf Instagram postete, zeigt sie sich eingenässt - und schreibt einen Appell an uns.

Emma Carey ist eine bewunderswerte, starke Frau. Die Australiererin hatte am 7. Juni 2013, im Alter von 20 Jahren, einen folgenschweren Unfall während eines Tandem-Fallschirmsprungs in der Schweiz. Dort war sie im Rahmen ihrer dreimonatigen Backpacker-Tour durch Europa. Wie die australische Website News.com berichtet, öffnete ihr Sprunglehrer vermutlich den Fallschirm nicht rechtzeitig und der Notfallschirm verhedderte sich. Ganz genau ist die Ursache aber nie geklärt worden. Emma war von der Taille an Querschnittsgelähmt. Sie brach sich die Wirbelsäule, das Becken und zahlreiche Knochen. Es war ein Wunder, das sie überlebte. Die Ärzte sagten, sie könne nie wieder laufen. Einen Monat musste sie im Krankenhaus in der Schweiz bleiben und verbrachte anschließend drei Monate in einem Krankenhaus in Sydney. Sie saß im Rollstuhl.

 

Emma lernte wieder zu laufen - und zu leben

Doch nur vier Monate später machte Emma die ersten Schritte, anfangs mit Gehilfen. Mittlerweile kann sie ohne Krücken laufen. Aber seit ihrem Unfall leidet die heute 25-Jährige an Inkontinenz, hat Darm und Blase nicht mehr unter Kontrolle. "So sehe ich aus. Jeden. Einzelnen Tag", schreibt sie unter das Bild (siehe unten), das inzwischen über 20.000 Menschen gelikt haben. Lange Zeit war ihr die Inkontinenz peinlich: "Ich hatte Angst, das Haus zu verlassen oder Leuten erklären zu müssen, warum immer eine Toilette in der Nähe sein muss", schreibt sie unter das Foto auf Instagram. "Dann habe ich es begriffen: Ich habe einen verdammten Fallschirm-Absturz überlebt. Ich weiß nicht wie und warum, aber ich weiß ganz sicher, dass ich kein Leben in Angst und Sorge führen sollte. Ich schulde es mir selber, mehr daraus zu machen!"

 

Emma Careys Appell an uns

Emmas Appell an uns: "Ich will hier kein Mitgefühl und es geht nicht darum, irgendwas abzufeiern. Es geht darum, zu zeigen, dass es möglich ist, absolut und komplett möglich ist, sich einen feuchten Sch**ß darum zu scheren, was andere denken, worum man sich Gedanken machen sollte!"

 

I’ve seen this photo floating around the internet lately so thought I’d take a moment to chat about my pee covered pants. This is what I look like every. single. day. Multiple times a day. I think because I can walk, people tend to think I have completely recovered from my spinal cord injury but the truth is I still have many lasting effects, one of them being that I am completely incontinent with both my bladder and bowels. At first I was so embarrassed by this and tried to keep it a secret. I didn’t leave the house because I was so worried that people would find out. I wouldn’t tell anyone why I had to be near a toilet at all times. I wouldn’t let anyone see my catheters or pads. I would run away and hide every time I had an accident. It was exhausting trying to keep it a secret, so instead I just didn’t let anyone close to me. It wasn’t long until I realised that if I was going to get upset and angry every time I peed myself, it would mean that I would be upset and angry every single day of my life. For the rest of my life. And that’s when it hit me.. I survived a bloody skydiving accident. I don’t know how or why but I know that it certainly wasn’t to live a depressing life. I owed myself way more than that. Now it’s five years later and I don’t think I have a single friend that hasn’t seen me pee. I tell people about my incontinence generally within 10 minutes of meeting them. And now I’m posting a picture of my pee covered pants to over 100,000 people without a second thought. The point of this isn’t for sympathy or for praise, it’s to show you that it is completely and entirely possible to not give a single sh*t about the things that people expect you to care about. Just because we have grown up to believe that certain things are taboo or shouldn’t be spoken about, doesn’t mean that they are. Just because people think you should feel embarrassed about something, doesn’t mean you need to. Just because people might judge you on a certain thing, doesn’t mean you need to care. How you feel about certain situations is entirely up to you. If you own your life and all your ‘flaws’, they will never be able to own you. It’s the most freeing thing in the world.

Ein Beitrag geteilt von EMMA CAREY (@em_carey) am

 

I want you guys to do something for me. Just for a minute I want you to try to put yourself in these situations and really, really try to feel and imagine what it would be like. Imagine feeling cold in the middle of the night and not being able to reach down to pull the sheet up over you. Imagine having an itch and not being able to move your hand to scratch it. Imagine not being able to feel any part of your body besides your face. Imagine not being able to scroll through instagram or send a text. Imagine not being able to stand, look at the person you love at eye-level and hug them. These are tiny things we take for granted every single day but some people have to go a lifetime without. Before my accident, I had absolutely no idea about spinal cord injuries and if I saw someone in a wheelchair, I just assumed that they couldn’t walk. It never, ever occurred to me that their legs were the very least of their problems. My injury was 4 years ago and it is still insanely hard and still makes me upset. I say this as someone in a wheelchair who can stand up whenever I want. I say this as someone who pees and poos myself but can clean myself up. I say this as someone who can’t feel my legs but has the ability to move them. Not everybody has those luxuries. I’ve been paralysed and still I can’t even begin to fathom a life without these simple things. It breaks my heart and I’m genuinely crying as I write this because it is so real and so close to me. The things people deal with everyday are so unimaginable that if I told you all of them, you would be shocked and appalled that you didn’t know. This week I’m helping to raise money to find a cure for something which has affected my life and the lives of so many of my friends. If you could please do me a favour and listen to my insta story I would really appreciate it. I got so emotional while I was talking but I think that it is something that everyone needs to hear. There was a day in my life that I got to stand up out of my wheelchair and take my first steps after being told I would never walk again. I want everybody to have that moment. That’s my dream, please help me make it a reality. Link in bio 💛

Ein Beitrag geteilt von EMMA CAREY (@em_carey) am

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