Sophie Morgan who was paralysed in a car crash at 18 says her disability ‘didn’t ruin her life’

Sophie Morgan says that people find it hard to understand her disability hasn’t ‘ruined her life’ after she was paralysed in a car accident at 18. 

The presenter, 36, was left wheelchair bound after suffering a T6 spinal cord injury in 2003, resulting in paralysis from the chest down, and says she had ‘a lot to learn’ about her disability. 

The London-based campaigner has since undergone a host of impressive projects including presenting Channel 4’s TV coverage of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, with plans to head to Tokyo again this year. 

Appearing on Lorraine today, Sophie said that while many people are ‘frightened of change’, she believes that her disability ‘made her life’ and has encouraged her to ‘live properly’. 

Sophie Morgan, 36, was left wheelchair bound after suffering a T6 spinal cord injury in 2003  resulting in paralysis from the chest down at the age of 18, and says she had 'a lot to learn' about her disability

Sophie Morgan, 36, was left wheelchair bound after suffering a T6 spinal cord injury in 2003  resulting in paralysis from the chest down at the age of 18, and says she had ‘a lot to learn’ about her disability

Appearing on Lorraine today, Sophie said that while many people are 'frightened of change', she believes that her disability 'made her life' and has encouraged her to 'live her life properly'

Appearing on Lorraine today, Sophie said that while many people are ‘frightened of change’, she believes that her disability ‘made her life’ and has encouraged her to ‘live her life properly’

‘I think people are frightened of change, they don’t want it, there’s a fear around it, said Sophie. ‘But for me, because my change ended up giving so many positives, I sort of lean into it, I seek it out. I want life to be different and to be full of variety and excitement. 

‘I suppose I learned the hard way that the worst things that happen to you can lead to the best of life. It’s hard for people to relate, they see my disability and think it ruins a life – but I found it to be the opposite, I think it made my life. 

Sophie, whose successful television career began in 2009, says that while it was difficult adapting to her injury, it has become ‘part of who she is’. 

‘When I had my injury there was obviously the initial adapting to it and becoming paralysed and wheelchair user at such a young age. There was so much to work out and figure out about my identity, who I was going to be and how I was going to make it happen’, she said. 

The London-based campaigner has since undergone a host of impressive projects including presenting Channel 4's TV coverage of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is pictured with her fellow hosts in 2016

The London-based campaigner has since undergone a host of impressive projects including presenting Channel 4’s TV coverage of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. She is pictured with her fellow hosts in 2016

‘I really didn’t have much experience with disability, I was the first disabled person I had ever met, I had so much to learn and unlearn. 

‘But over the years it’s become part of who I am and that drives me to think about how to live life properly, because I nearly lost my life, so it matters so much to me.’ 

She recently starred in Channel 4 series Living Wild: How to Change Your Life, where the presenter meets people across the UK creating new lives around the things they love, from raising rare sheep to farming crops in Wales.

‘All the people we met, every single one of them left a mark, they inspire me,’ said Sophie. ‘They’ve done this thing where they say, “Life is too short, don’t let any barriers get in the way”. Everyone we met was so inspiring, so good to be around.’  

Sophie, whose successful television career began in 2009, says that while it was difficult adapting to her injury, it has become 'part of who she is'

Sophie, whose successful television career began in 2009, says that while it was difficult adapting to her injury, it has become ‘part of who she is’

During the show Sophie was able to ride a specially-adapted three-wheel motorbike and says the experience was 'impossible to put into words'

During the show Sophie was able to ride a specially-adapted three-wheel motorbike and says the experience was ‘impossible to put into words’

During the show Sophie was able to ride a specially-adapted three-wheel motorbike and says the experience was ‘impossible to put into words’. 

‘I think anyone can understand the freedom of a motorbike, for me as someone who is paralysed, that feeling is almost impossible to put into words. It’s just the most wonderful experience, the thing I love the most is people’s reactions going “What is that?”. 

Speaking of her upcoming memoir, she added: ‘My mum jokes often even though I’m paralyzed I never sit still, I don’t know how to really stop. Lockdown happened and I wrote a book, it’s going to be published next year .’ 

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