The Definition of Inspirational

I love a good, real life story that really inspires me. You know that sort that leaves you emotional but grateful for all that you have in life. A story that touches you in ways you never thought possible. This story is one which will touch you and leave you overwhelmed with what life deals some people and the strength they have to fight on.

Matthew Ames was a husband, father, son, brother and friend. Life was good. Married to Di, with 3 boys and 1 girl, he was content and loving life. He and Di had one of those love stories which all hopeless romantics love. They met young and knew that each would always be in each other’s life. They knew they would be together, in sickness and in health.

Fast forward to when Matthew was 39. He wasn’t feeling well and had a sore throat. Time went on and he was getting worse and after some time was admitted to the Brisbane Mater Hospital. It took some time for Doctors and medical professionals to work out what was this mystery illness plaguing Matthew. He had contracted streptococcal which resulted in toxic shock and his prognosis for surviving wasn’t good.

Matthew had one arm amputated to try to stop the spread of this deadly disease. He wife Di then made the enormous decision to have his other limbs amputated. To Di, this was what had to happen. To Di, Matthew had to be around to support her and assist her in raising their children. There was no question he was going to be with her every step of the way in their life.

Most of us can’t even fathom having to make a decision like this. Most of us can’t even comprehend having to make a decision which ultimately saves our partners life.

Matthew became a quadruple amputee, one of the very few in Australia and globally.

Life without limbs has presented many challenges for Matthew, however he is an amazing inspiration to all of us.

Matthew Ames

I think the unsung hero in all of this is his wife, Di. It’s emotional watching her talk about how life is different. The simple gesture of holding hands is no longer possible. Di aches as she talks about this, adding that Matthew had ‘wonderful hands’.

I’m sure we all take this gesture of affection for granted. It’s something so simple, yet so powerful.

The love that exists between Matthew and Di is very beautiful. Matthew’s determination is beyond inspiring. He is committed to being the best father and husband he can be.

I don’t even think I have done this story justice. It was aired on Sunday Night on Sunday September 29 2013. Please take the time to watch this.

Matthew’s sister also runs a blog called ‘Renovating Matthew’. You can read more about Matthew and how you can help.

There are those who take their life and run down a straight road. Any bumps or bends and they struggle to push on. Then there are those that take life and climb mountains. They climb the highest mountains and don’t look back. These are the ones who define inspiration.

How did Matthew’s story affect you?

Jen xoxo

This Is Who I Am – Jen’s Anthem

I love music. Who doesn’t, right? Music has the power to touch us, energise us and helps us to connect with each other.

It also has the power to convey emotions and tell a story. This week’s I Must Confess  from Kirsty of My Home Truths, is the soundtrack to our lives. I didn’t have to think too much for a song that I really connect with and what represents me best. For me, the song that really represents me in my life is Vanessa Amorosi’s, ‘This is who I am’.

Vanessa Amorosi

This song is really about someone finally being comfortable enough with themself to tell everyone, this is who I am. Basically, you can take it or leave it, cause this is me.

I connect with this song because it’s where I’m at in my life. What you see is what you get. This is me. You knock me down, I’ll get back up. I care if you think I’m fat, or if you don’t like my clothes, this is me.

I’ve finally learnt it’s okay to be myself. I can stand tall knowing I’m basically a good person. I’m trying to be friends with me and hope that you will be too. I deserve to be free, free from hating myself and just learn to be.

This is who I am

If you haven’t heard this song, then you need to hear it. It’s strong and powerful. I’ve put the lyrics below for you to read.

I’d like to rename it, “Jenster’s Anthem” but I’m not sure how Vanessa will react to that.

Do you connect with this song? I’d love to hear what you think!!

Jen xoxo

“This Is Who I Am”

I spend my life, trying to do things right
but all I do is fall to my face with my hands on my head so many times
but then I learnt, after being burnt
to get back up and push straight on
stop the tears people move on, on

[Chorus]
Well it’s alright to be myself
now I’ve learnt to stand
well it’s ok to be just who I am
I spent years really hating me
longing to be friends, now I hope that you can understand
This is who I am

Now when life gets tough
I’m quick to hurry up
I run all day, I run through the night
I break down walls, I hit up high
I don’t care if I’m fat, or if you think my clothes are bad
‘cos I can go to sleep at night, I’m a good person and I’ll get by

[Chorus]
Well It’s alright to be myself
now I’ve learnt to stand
well it’s ok to be just who I am
I spent years really hating me
longing to be friends, now I hope that you can understand
This is who I am

Are you someone, are you someone, are you someone, someone like me
you deserve, you deserve, you deserve to be free
cause the world will keep spinning, and you’ll be trapped in it

[Chorus]
Well it’s alright to be myself
now I’ve learnt to stand
well it’s ok to be just who I am
I’ve spent years really hating me
longing to be friends, now I hope that you can understand
This is who I am

Lyrics from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/vanessaamorosi/thisiswhoiam.html