John Alexander Duthie (not the Poker Player)

Which John Duthie?

You have reached the personal website of John Duthie. Not the famous poker player. The other famous John Duthie.

In life, things often don’t work out as planned. Commencing at age 44, John was hit by a tree; died; 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 thing is how you respond to the circumstances. Good things can happen as a result of the bad times. John has done ok, but it took time, effort and resilience. And more.

The photo is from an immersion therapy session with Determined2, where John’s underwater record is now 32 laps. His swimming record, on the surface of the water, now stands at 42 laps. Before his accident, he could only swim two laps!

This website

This website shares a few areas in John’s life, including:

  • books that John has been involved with (either written, produced or contributed to)
  • the blog “WheelchairJohn” which shares details of John’s life, living with a disability as a Christian
  • how his Faith helps him navigate through difficult times
  • running as a candidate for the Dignity Party in the 2018 SA election
  • his working Career
  • All Blog posts from his Wheelchairjohn blog and Dignity Party campaign site

John would love to hear from you by contacting him directly here, or by leaving comments on the various posts on this site.

John’s three most recent posts

Building furniture from a wheelchair

Introduction to building furniture from a wheelchair Building furniture from a wheelchair is difficult and challenging, but it can be done. Due to the spreading of the Delta variant of Covid, South Australia commenced a seven-day lockdown ...

Catheter Failure

Introduction to my catheter failure I had a catheter failure and had to come up with creative solutions to allow me to keep urinating safely and cleanly as a paraplegic. I urinate into a bag, attached to my leg, due to an accident in 2009. I ...

Sefton Plaza Accessibility

Sefton Plaza Accessibility – Intro One of the two shopping centres near my home is the Sefton Plaza Shopping Centre. It takes me four minutes via my powered wheelchair to travel the 750 metres. This blog is all about Sefton Plaza ...
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