. Chris was born in Wagga Wagga on the 4th of December 1971. He spent his young childhood years in the small town of Coolamon where he thrived growing up in the country lifestyle.
his family moved to Canberra where his father owned a butcher shop. He had a wonderful time growing up with lots of outdoor activities , mixed with the right ratio of discipline and love.
His three sisters and two brothers always kept him grounded whether it was babysitting the younger siblings, to having to ask them for help after his accident.
At the end of 1989 he landed an apprenticeship as a wood machinist and worked at a sawmill. Where he was responsible for sharpening all the blades for the chippers and six headed planners and keeping the machines running. He attended Newcastle Technical College as a block release, meaning he would spend one week a month at Newcastle's Technical College .
Along with his apprenticeship he worked on Saturdays at his father's butcher shop, often with a huge hang over .
Chris joined the Army reserves when he was 17 and 9 months and was posted to the 1st 19th battalion out of Inglburn barracks .
He also enjoyed firing all the weapons from assault rifles to grenades and RPGs.. He was awarded a medal for the best shot in his platoon .
At the end of his first year of his apprenticeship he went for a holiday with his close friends to Batemans Bay, where his life would change forever.
Chris had his accident while swimming at the beach, as he dove over a wave hitting his head on the sand causing a compression fracture of the 5th and 6th vertebra.
He can remember the accident as if it was yesterday. He recalls seeing a flash of light then he remained fully conscious and found himself face down in the water and unable to rollover. It felt like an eternity until his good friend Dez rolled him over, who Chris is forever grateful.
He was then unable to move and had trouble breath .He was then taken to Canberra hospital where he had a spinal fusion of the 5th and 6th vertebra. Which left him with a titanium plate and screws.
Once his neck was stabilized he was flown to a Sydney to a spinal ward at Prince Henry hospital. While he was recovering from his operation he developed a stomach ulcer which left him vomiting up blood and was marked down was nil by mouth for two weeks. He was also unable to move anything below his neck due to swelling around his spinal cord.
It was at this time he hit rock bottom and asking questions like “Why me? and comments like “I would rather be dead.”
As the swelling around his spinal cord decreased he gained more and more movement.
After all the swelling went down he was left with the use of his shoulder muscles, biceps but no triceps ,wrist extension but no flexion and unable to move his fingers or thumps.
Of the back muscles he hause the Rhomboids, about 10 percent of his latts and most of his upper back muscles. Because of the damage done to his spinal cord his strongest side is his left, the only difference is that he is missing the use of one little muscle in my forearm and one in the shoulder.
Once Chris’s medical problems were under control the long road of rehabilitation started. He had to learn how to live again which included how to feed himself, how to operate wheelchairs so he could become mobile . The next step (pardon the pun) was to start the process mentally what the rest of his life would be like as a quadriplegic..
After 7 long hard months of rehabilitation he went to live with his family in Canberra . He started to feel more and more like a burden on his parents and wanting his own independence. He decided to moved to Sydney and stayed at a transitional accommodation facility ran by ParaQuad.
He landed a job at the local Internet Café he then over the years completed courses in Desk Top Publishing, certificate 3 in information and Technology, video editing, aquaponics and webpage designing he also dabbled in Options trading and thoroughbred racing without much luck.
The majority of his work involved designing webpages and tutoring. He also had a few businesses.
These where Chris Campbell Graphics, Rough N Tough Garden Designs where he designed things to be made from old fence palings like mini wishing wells and wooden chests amongst other things.
In 2000 he set up a business with a paraplegic from England called “Coast to Coast Wheelchair Adventures “. The business involved arranging accessible accommodation, equipment, transport and personal carers for over seas disabled tourists coming to the Sydney Olympics.
He also had a clothing label “Dead Dingo Clothing “which he had a printer that could print on to materials where he designed funny t-shirts. and wanting his own independence. He decided to moved to Sydney and stayed at a transitional accommodation facility ran by ParaQuad.
Looking back on his life he was very lucky to have parents, siblings, relations and friends that supported him through this time and that moving out to gain his independence was the best move he made.