Well, it’s been quite a 24 hours. The overwhelming response we’ve had as a result of last night’s Sunday Night program has been amazing, and a reminder of how important it is to share stories. We were certainly helped by others, and it has been a huge part of Matthew’s recovery, and for all of us. If you missed it, you can see the program here. Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments, and again to the Channel 7 team for doing such a great job with the story. We won’t be able to reply to everyone who has commented or shared stories, but thank you, and please be assured that Matthew and Diane are reading them all, and very thankful for your support.
Matthew arrived home from Melbourne yesterday afternoon, and today attended the Queensland Pride of Australia award ceremony. He was seated at a table with amazing people, and says to be considered as equal to people like Matt Golinski and Nigel Hyland is something he finds very special. He and Di had a wonderful time, and to win the Courage category was completely unexpected and very very humbling.
In reflecting on the journey, it’s worth going back to the point we stepped off on the road. I revisited the letter we wrote to our friends on the 20th of June in 2012. Many people may not have read this, and it’s worth sharing again here, because it tells of the start of the journey. In that letter, the last paragraph reads:
Hopefully, the story has a happy ending, and at some point we’ll be able to reflect upon the turning point in our lives with a view to what it gave us all. In the meantime, thank you all so much for hanging in there with us, and we’ll look forward to catching up with you all at some stage.
In telling the story, we have had to revisit the events of the time. But Matthew’s reflection this afternoon was that he has had a unique opportunity to meet the greatest of people as a result of what has happened to him, and he is so incredibly grateful for that. The journey, while unexpected, is as amazingly wonderful as it could possibly be, and he and Di are so incredibly thankful to everyone for your support. Onwards and upwards.