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Pressing ahead despite setback

Davandra Babb,

Added 27 July 2018

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Taurean Clarke (right ) and driver of the car Romar Morris out together recently. (GP)

May 17 this year was two years since Taurean Clarke’s life as he knew it changed forever.

He was involved in a serious accident along the ABC highway, an accident that nearly took his life but he miraculously pulled through after losing three quarters of his blood. He was also left with a broken left arm, and the amputation of his left leg from his knee down.

This meant the once very active man and rally enthusiast had to adjust to life with a prosthetic leg.

“I’ve been doing good. Better now that I have a new prosthesis, because I had to get it changed recently, but things are good for now. I can’t complain about anything,” Clarke said.

He has also resumed working and has his social life is on the up again.

“I don’t let anything keep me back. I get out to parties a lot now and enjoy myself. I went to Tipsy up to Sunday. Life is precious so I make sure to enjoy it,” he said.

On his to do list still is attending a catamaran cruise even though he doesn’t know how possible it is going to be.

“I would like to go on a catamaran cruise, but I don’t know how that will go. On those type of cruises they have a no shoes policy but with my prosthesis I have to wear shoes at all times,” he explained.

Rocky at first

Clarke said that after the accident things were rocky between him and the two other occupants in the car, but he was glad things were much better now.

“One of them I don’t see as often but we still talk. It’s not as easy because we went through a rough patch. I used to be depressed to the point where it seemed like I was pushing them off, but that was just my way of dealing with things. Now I’m not fully over it, but we are all on speaking terms and a lot better than before and I would like to keep it that way,” Clarke said.

The now 29-year-old said since his accident, he has gotten much more positive about life and appreciates it daily.

“Putting it in my mind to always remember to be thankful for life, I was almost not here as most people know. I try to think positive thoughts and remain happy. I’m a lot more positive since that ordeal for sure,” he added.

Clarke still has his down moments, but he said they are now far and few between.

“I’m only human. At times there is still a downfall of depression and I would still sit down and think long and hard about it, but that’s very minimal now. It gets better as the days go by, Clarke said.

Happy thoughts

He added: “Things that I can’t do anymore sometimes come in my mind, but I try to keep happy thoughts. With the help of close friends and family who help me daily I make it through.”

Clarke said since the accident he also uses his time and his experience as a way to encourage others facing similarly tough circumstances.

“On Saturday I met a young man who is 17 who was going to have an amputation. He was already in high spirits but I did my part. He wanted to know how the transition felt and stuff like that. Those things are my biggest highlights that keep me motivated.”

“I don’t do it as often now I’m back at work, but if someone I know asks me to talk to someone I would definitely make the time and go,” Clarke added.

He also provided advice for young people dealing with difficult situations whether physical or mental.

“As long as you have life, consider it to be a blessing. What you think you’re going through that may be the most troubling for you, always know that it could be worse. Always be more positive and that same positivity can help to encourage other people,” Clarke said. (DB)

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