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Video clip: Sue explains how the physiotherapy she has paid for helped improve body and mind.

I've had a lot of physiotherapy over the years which has provided a lot of support for me, both psychologically and physically. I've found a, a physio who really helped me with my perspective of the future. And, yeah. It's things like that that have kept me going, and helped me with things like getting on my bicycle. You know, I don't think I'd have done that if I hadn't had a physio who had that kind of perspective. Some physios I've seen are not like that, and are much more cautious and would say "[sharp intake of breath] I don't think you should be doing that." But yeah, but having - You know, so paying for that kind of thing has been, has been really helpful. Yeah. No, I've - I mean, I've borne the cost of all of that over the years.

And for me, that's been a really significant part of my recovery. When, when I first started having problems in 2000, I thought 'is this it, is this it for the rest of my life, that I'm going to be managing this pain, or restricted in some way?' As, as I said, I had been extremely physically active before that. And I felt that that whole part of my life was disappearing. And so finding a - she happened to be a physio, who could help me understand what was happening, but also encourage me, that there were adjustments that needed to be made, but if I made those adjustments, there was the potential there for me to be as physically active at 80 as I was at nearly 40. And that made a massive difference to me. And I don't suppose it matters really who it is, but having somebody who can bring that perspective I think is really important, and has been a significant part of my recovery.