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Local mum tells of recovery from horrific car accident and path to published author

7 July 2017

Car crash survivor Julie Anne Metaxotos will share her inspiring story of recovery at Seymour Library next month.

The Hidden Valley mum has penned a book, A Fractured Life, detailing her gruelling two-year rehabilitation from a serious head-on car accident on Christmas Eve 2013, just minutes from home.

Written by close friend Clare Malcolm, in conjunction with Mrs Metaxotos, the book delves in to the day Mrs Metaxotos’ world fell apart and the challenges faced in recovering from countless broken bones, the complete loss of control of her limbs, and spending eight days in a coma.

Mrs Metaxotos said her story was all too common with 30,000 people across Australia injured in car accidents each year.

“This is an extraordinary number behind which lies untold trauma and suffering by those involved,” Mrs Metaxotos said.

“I was lucky to survive my accident and I was fortunate to have amazing health professionals and a loving family to help me through. But it was still tough.

“(It was) the most difficult thing I have ever endured and my hope is that by sharing the story of my recovery, I can help inspire others to persevere, to keep fighting and to rebuild their health and lives.”

Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said author talks were wonderful ways to learn more about writers and the writing process.

“This is our third author talk this year and they have all been really well received. It is fantastic that we are able to provide a platform for local writers to help share their stories,” Cr Sanderson said.

“They are also great opportunities for people to meet and be inspired by local writers, and perhaps begin to put pen to paper themselves.”

The author talk with Julie Anne Metaxotos is on Friday 4 August from 7pm at Seymour Library, 125 Anzac Avenue. Light refreshments will be provided on the night. Books will available for purchase and signing.

Bookings are essential by phoning (03) 5734 6451 or email tanya.begley@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au. To find out more about the book, click HERE