Jim bowled over with support
WHEN Jim Maynard took a fall at age 60 following an active life without illness, he was devastated to find he needed a knee replacement.
"My grief was compounded when it was discovered that my body was riddled with rheumatoid arthritis," he told My Daily News.
Until then, he had been a keen and very good bowls player.
He was destined to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair and found himself in a state of self pity, "staring at four walls."
With four replacement joints and emphysema to add to his woes it's no wonder he was down.
"Then a friend threw me the proverbial line," he said.
"He said I shouldn't accept my fate and told me to get up and get going.
"That's the kick I needed."
The Tweed Bowls Club has come to the party, creating a special ramp for him to access the green.
"I have redesigned my wheelchair with wheels that won't damage the green and added an extra wheel for manoeuvrability," he said.
"People stare at my strange looking wheelchair.
"But I now have a new lease on life.
"With the help of good friends, the Tweed Bowls Club and some positive thinking I now have my life back."