Tara – A Passion for Life
Tara grew up in Nambour and attended primary and high school in the local area. She was born two days after Christmas, 32 years ago. She loves walking and keeping active and believes she was ‘reborn in 1997’ after being hit by a 4WD as she crossed the road on her way to music class.
Growing up, her family had birds named Jack and Monty. Jack belonged to Tara and Monty belonged to her sister Gemma. As the smartest and youngest in her class, Tara wanted to be an Antarctic scientist because she loved the cold.
On the day she was hit by the 4WD, Tara should have died. She lay in a coma for four months and her family who loved her very much were very worried for her future. What would happen when Tara woke up? Would she wake up? Would she be able to talk, remember everyone and walk?
A Passion for Life
Tara now has an acquired brain injury, which means she was not born with a disability. Over time her family learned to accept it. Her father and mother stayed by her side for four months. One day she woke up and her first thoughts were “Oh my God, where am I and how did I get here?” Tara was in the hospital for over a year.
With Tara you soon realise that there is life before and after the accident. If you think that 4WD stopped her having a good life you would be very wrong! Tara and I share a passion for Golf…yes Golf I said. We share the same coach Darrell Dalton and we both love the game. We also have a creative hour on Friday in Nambour to design Boho Bags and cushions. Tara has a real flair for colour, design and ideas.
Other things Tara has done include being an actor on stage, a Zumba Teacher and dance teacher.
In her own words “If I had not been run over by that 4WD I would not have met half the people I now know including you Renee” said Tara. This made me cry but big girls don’t cry do they?
I’m happy to work with Tara because she is ‘Simply the Best’ – an amazing person with a lot to say, so much so that she is currently banned from Facebook.
It will be interesting to know what else she has cooking in her very smart brain.