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April 2015

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Annette Lade and her harmonica. (Picture courtesy of Progress Leader)

Old love leads to a new outlook

Annette Lade always loved her music but she never guessed it would help in her recovery from a horrific road accident.

Mrs Lade was left a quadriplegic after a car accident in Traralgon last year.

She has spent the past few months living at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Kew.

‘I broke my neck in the accident, which left me a quadriplegic,’ Mrs Lade said.

‘It’s been a lengthy road to this point and I’m slowly getting some movement back in my arms but I doubt I’ll ever walk again.’

Mrs Lade said the work of the Royal Talbot therapists, with their range of techniques and programs, had given her a new outlook on life.

‘I’ve been doing music therapy since October.

‘I love music, I play music and, obviously, I don’t have the method I once did but I play the harmonica and I’m playing some basic chords now.

‘It’s all about pushing the boundaries and doing what you can do.

‘You should never take life for granted, because anything can happen,’ Mrs Lade said.

Austin Health said thank-you to all supporters of its creative therapies with a Garden Affair.

The event was hosted by Austin Health employee Steve Wells, who was ABC Gardening Australia’s Gardener of the Year in 2012.

Mrs Lade performed at the event.