After finishing school, I wanted to build myself a lovely home using hemp right from the mother earth. I was planning to combine my interest in hemp with a career in building homes made out of hemp. My initial plan was to be a builder working for Hemp Homes (H.E.M.P Housing for Environmentally Minded People).
Unfortunately, I was involved in a motorbike accident on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The accident caused a severe traumatic brain injury. My Mother Patricia and Father Rob were told that my chances of survival and recovery were slim. If I did pull through, they were told, a nursing home may be the best place for me.
Thankfully, my Mother was able to adapt her home to accommodate my needs – including wheelchair access, a suitable bathroom and rehabilitation equipment. She also put together an individual recovery program, drawing on the expertise of specialists including a physiotherapist, speech therapist and occupational therapist.
More than ten years on, I can now walk without assistance, communicate, and take care of my own hygiene needs. Four years into rehab, I began riding a specially designed tricycle – all steps towards my independent future.
While my plans to build hemp homes haven’t come about (yet), my interest in hemp products has not diminished. I have done much research and used a lot of different hemp products and believe more than ever that growing hemp for commercial use is vital for the health and wellbeing of people and our planet.
I enjoy regularly attending hemp industry events and I use various hemp products daily such as food, body products and clothing. I am keen to partner with reputable brands to sell their hemp-based products.