John Alexander Duthie


Life doesn’t always adhere to a plan.

At age 44, John was hit by a tree; died; was paralysed from the chest down; died again; developed syringomyelia and associated severe pain; betrayed by a friend; went through separation and divorce; attempted self-harm.

Bad things happen in life. The important outcome is how you respond to the circumstances forced upon you. John has done ok, but it took time, effort, resilience and Faith in God.


The photo is of John, Ben (his son), and John underwater at an immersion therapy session with Determined2. John’s bottom-of-the-pool record stands at 32 laps of a 25-metre pool.

Before his accident, John could only swim two laps and now can swim over 40 laps. His goal is to swim the equivalent of the longest Olympic swimming distance of 1,500 metres, which is 60 laps of a 25-metre pool.

This site.

This website shares a few insights into John’s life, including:

  • books that John has written, published or provided a contribution
  • John’s advocacy for improved access to services and goods
  • how John’s Faith helped him navigate difficult situations
  • blogs that share John’s life with a disability and Faith (taken from his blog site at
  • John’s working Career
  • How to contact John

John’s three most recent posts (from his blog site

Silverbeet Soup

Silverbeet Soup I make the best eggplant soup and will share my fantastic Silverbeet soup recipe. The soup is healthy, easy to make, and delicious. The Silverbeet grows in my raised garden bed, which is raised because I use a wheelchair to get...

50 Successful People with Disabilities

Introduction The world has people, regardless of the obstacles they faced due to disabilities or disorders, who carved out places for themselves in history through sheer talent, persistence, hard work and passion. This blog highlights 50 Successful...

20 Wheelchair myths, misconceptions and incorrect stereotypes

Introduction Here comes a person in a wheelchair. What comes to mind? Do your thoughts contain myths, misconceptions or incorrect stereotypes about people using wheelchairs? Before acquiring a spinal cord injury (SCI) in 2009, I knew little about...