Getting on with life in the bush

Getting on with life in the bushWhen Judi Potts moved from the city to the bush it was meant to be a time of positive change and new opportunities.

“I made the tree change when I retired expecting it is to be a chance to change the direction of my life,” recalled Judi.

“I loved the idea of living in a regional area, with a slower pace, fresh air and a strong sense of community around me in a retirement village.”

Instead Judi’s dream of a better quality of life turned into a nightmare.

“Shortly after I made the big move I was diagnosed with a degenerative condition that has led to disability. Walking is often difficult and frequently painful and coping with everyday tasks is becoming increasingly difficult,” says Judi.

“I was shocked and angry that what should have been the best time of my life was turning into the worst.”

Judi has found the support of Independence Australia a life line.

“I have found that emotional support has enabled me to accept my limitations, explore what I can do and just get on with life. It has been tough but I have learned to focus on the positives, not just the negatives.”

Judi is active in Independence Australia’s support group networks, where she learns from listening to others whilst making her own invaluable contributions.

Judi says life in regional and rural areas can be tough for people with a disability.

“There aren’t always the networks and services in the bush that people can access in the city. Sometimes even simple things like finding accessible transport can be difficult. But at the end of the day, life is what it is and you have to make the best of what you have.”