Nicky Irvine is a New Zealander who is currently living in Jacksonville, Florida where she’s an author and creator of a programme called Empowering Me. Nicky’s programme aims to help carers and families with loved ones who have disabilities, challenges or special needs, to find their purpose and get the resources they need to fully support their loved ones.
Carers can lose themselves completely when they focus on their loved one 24/7 and Nicky’s life changed completely when, not long after her son Thomas was born, he contacted bacterial meningitis. Doctors didn’t think his condition would improve but Nicky had no intention of giving up on her son. When Thomas was first taken ill, Nicky tried to find information and books that might help her but everything was she found was negative. She really wanted a better outcome for Thomas and to turn the situation they had found themselves in into something more positive so they then began a marathon of traditional and alternative therapies to achieve any amount of improvement.
Nicky shared what she found with like-minded groups in the hope of helping others in similar circumstances but with all of her time and energy being given to try to find ways to help Thomas, she lost herself. However over the next fifteen years, she started to write her first book, a process she found very cathartic and the start of the journey to find, and reconnect to her real self. Now, Nicky uses techniques such as meditation, walking and journaling to help her live in the moment and keep her resilience levels strong.
The enormous impact of what happened to Thomas took Nicky’s life in ways she had never imagined. She has had to rebuild her life and now sees her situation as a valuable and priceless gift to make a difference in the way young people with disabilities are perceived and treated in society.
You can find out more about Nicola’s journey at:
Information about Nicola’s books is available at:
Trust Life’s Journey – https://www.trustlifesjourney.com/
Communication his Way – https://www.trustlifesjourney.com/about-the-book