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West Wickham mum-of-two rebuilds life after car crash left her unable to read
A WEST Wickham mum has revealed how she re-built her life following a devastating car crash which ‘ruined a year of her life’ and left her unable to read, days after training as a book keeper.
Marie Chandler, celebrates her 40th birthday tomorrow (September 18) as a healthy mother-of-two with a burgeoning business.
But almost a year-and-a-half ago the Wickham Chase resident was facing a very different life.
In April last year, days after qualifying as a book keeper, she was involved in a head-on car crash near Kelsey Park, Beckenham.
This caused such serious whiplash she was plagued with headaches for a year.
She said: "A driver came onto our side of the road and came straight into us.
"I thought my friend had gone through the windscreen.
"I screamed out and heard her - I couldn’t see her because of all the fumes from the air bag.
"I was banging on the seat belt and then when I managed to get out it was a matter of checking I was still all there.
"The shock was incredible. I felt like my eyes and head were burning from the air bag gas."
She added: "I started to develop really serious headaches.
"I was still in quite a lot of shock and I realised I couldn’t read a book or anything on the computer.
"I went from being really fit to not being able to read a page, I was very depressed and I couldn’t sleep.
"I used to run 15 miles a week and be able to swim 50 lengths and then I tried again, shortly after my accident, and I could only manage a few lengths and then I cried my eyes out.
Mrs Chandler decided to train herself up through reading a page a day, working up to a chapter and work on her electrician husband Dean’s accounts.
She said: "I would do half an hour a day and build up to it. It took me around five months to do a year’s accounts.
"It has been a slow process but I have finally got my life back and I’m looking to take on new clients.
"The guy who drove into us only got a day’s refresher training and he ruined a year of my life.
"My kids had a summer where I couldn’t do anything with them - even just kicking a ball about in the garden for a few minutes left me in agony for hours.
"I can’t believe my husband is still here to be honest.
"I’m very busy now, which is great, because I love having a busy life."
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