Saturday, July 16, 2011

My friend Sue's Son
This was how I heard the news of Sue O’Reilly’s son Shane’s death. My heart broke for her and the family because they also lost their Dad and husband in 2006 – a special family who gave and gave and gave – without complaint. Sometimes more is asked of some people than one can credit and those rare people give more back and you can feel the love around them – it is this way with this wonderful family who I got to know when Sue (a journalist as well as a full time carer) took on the job of editing my book and then came to the book launch in Sydney. 

Shane only completed year twelve a year back but his health had worsened in recent times. He originally had his condition caused just after birth by contracting MRSA (Golden Staph) which caused the brain damage which caused Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Please watch this 7.30 Report on Shane O'reilly and his family.

Sue worked hard alongside her children Jordan, Laura and Shane to better things for disabled in Australia - a badly neglected area.,

Sue was instrumental in creating the push for the National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS and in this her son and daughter are on the Team page


Shrinky said...

Oh gosh, I can't even begin to imagine how she is coping - how tragic. I am glad she has you for a friend (I am leaving this post with a fresh appreceiation of all that I have).

Anne said...

What a very special and brave family.