About me

I was born in 1978 (hence the ident, Aphrael78, with 78 at the end), in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with brittle bones. Both my arms and legs broke and re-healed in the womb. When I was born, the doctors told my mother that I would die of pneumonia before I was 2. I’m still here, and with the exception of a couple aches and pains, I’m still going strong.

And yes, I am in a wheelchair. I got my first wheelchair when I was 5 years old.

Without going into too much detail, my parents divorced when I was about 2 and my mother remarried when I was 5. We lived in King Williams Town for 9.5 years before moving back to PE. I finished school, studied for a diploma in Information Technology, a course which took me 5 years, instead of the normal 3.

I grew up wanting to be a journalist. Probably why I enjoy writing so much. But then, I would not be where I am today, had I not been persuaded to do that IT course. I would not have discovered the Internet, and chat sites. I would not have met my husband.

Marc and I met in February 2003 and married in June 2007. Without him, I would never have left home and moved to Johannesburg and started a wonderful new life.

Unfortunately, the marriage was not meant to last. My divorce was finalized in April 2010. I had already moved out and started afresh in a quad house, along with 11 other residents. What the future holds now, only time will tell.


12 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Admiring you very much!

  2. Sephira said:

    Admiring you very much!

  3. Cathy Watts said:

    So inspiring, you’re amazing.

  4. You’re such an inspiration. Keep writing.

  5. Real Life example of Inspiration! πŸ™‚

  6. So i was right when i said it…..

  7. Jolene Siedbald said:

    Hi Aphreal … we have chatted a few times on the Phoenix server. I have just read your story and it is very touchy. You are truly an amazing woman to have made it this far in life and to have stayed this positive.
    Take care Jolene aka `7-Up

  8. What a girl, hang on in there

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