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On September 18, 2018, Liz Mason went for a walk from her home that would change her life forever.
As she crossed the Railway Pier in Oban she was struck on her right side by a lorry, which she didn’t see it coming and didn’t have time to react to.
She sustained fractures to her skull, eye socket, multiple ribs and femur and was un-recognisable to the responding CalMac staff even though she had walked the same route for 30 years.
Before her accident Liz worked as a chef in the former Caledonian Hotel (now The Perle), Julie’s cafe and prepped school meals at St Columba’s Primary School.
Liz received emergency treatment on site before being transferred to The Lorn and Islands Hospital and subsequently airlifted to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow where she would require more than 24 hours of surgery.
After a long period of rehabilitation she had two further falls at home as a result of her initial injuries and both resulted in further head trauma. At this point she was warned that her skull could not take any more impact and Liz was referred to Lorn Healthy Options to reduce her risk of further falls and to improve her balance and walking so she could once again enjoy the activities of daily life.
At this point Liz was very unsteady on her feet and required assistance from her husband Mark when they left their home. Unsurprisingly her mental health had also taken a significant dip through a lack of self-confidence and fear of further injury. Liz told us: ‘Before my referral to Healthy Options I was in a very dark place.’
Over an extended time due to lockdown the charitable group worked with Liz through a combination of guided gym sessions, tailored home exercises and its educational programme. Specialist input from Healthy Options’ team of exercise professionals has resulted in some incredible improvements to Liz’s physical and mental health.
Such was the strength of her new found confidence that Liz decided to fundraise for Healthy Options by going on another walk.
In February 2021 she challenged herself to walk 10,000 steps every day during the month regardless of weather conditions and the response from the local community was phenomenal. To date Liz has raised over £2,000 for Healthy Options but she’s not done yet and has worked with the charity to produce a short video documenting her incredible journey.
The video will be launched today, Thursday October 7, with the hope of generating further awareness of the work Healthy Options does.
It also highlights the need for ongoing donations and fundraising to ensure the future survival of the charity whose work has never been more critical after a long period of general health deterioration due to the pandemic.
‘After what I went through after the accident, my referral to Healthy Options is the best thing that could have ever happened to get me back on my feet. They have done me a world of good and I couldn’t do enough to show my gratitude,’ she said.
‘It’s been a good journey this one.’
Visit www.lornhealthyoptions.co.uk to see Liz’s video.