Kristi Foster June 11, 2014. 3144 Views
Kristi Foster broke her back when she was just 21. Then just 16 weeks after surgery to repair her spine, she was in a car accident and broke her back and neck again.
She has also been diagnosed with MS of the spine.
This left her depressed and angry, and in a wheelchair raising two young children. Kristi freely admits that she "wasn't very nice to live with at that time." Then Sailors with disABILITES sailed into Kristi's home town of Coffs Harbour in 2009 and she saw them putting a wheelchair onto the yacht.
This was her 'Ah-ha!' moment. She chatted to the SWD team and realised that sailing was something she could do. Kristi started sailing regularly and began the upward spiral of recovery. The sailing helped her to forget about her pain, while the constant movement strengthened her core muscles.
Kristi was gradually able to get out of her wheelchair as her core became stronger. She lost 50kg in the process and her depression lifted. Her goal for 2014 is to become a bigger part of SWD and to participate in the Try Sail days and Northern Campaign.
And if her Dad get's his wish, she'll be in the SWD Hobart team this Boxing Day. Without sailing, Kristi is not sure that she would be here today. She is incredibly grateful that SWD sailed into Coffs Harbour that day, and changed her life forever.
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