Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 21 not giving in to circumstances, that we can ever truly understand how courageous we can be." Tr ue to her quote, " We a re connected by a nd through our stories," Janine has authored six books, all of which have told parts of her story. Her most recent book, Defiant, explains how once Janine re- alized she wa s more t ha n just t he circumst a nc- es of her body, she was able to create new dreams. The book's subtitle, "A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person," embodies this perspective. "When we find ourselves at rock bottom, we have a choice," Janine writes. "If we continue to hold onto the pain of what w e h a v e lo s t , w e p er- petuate our suf fering. When we let go and sur- render to our circum- s t a n c e s , w e o p e n t h e door to inf inite possi- bilities, and a complete- ly new way of seeing life. We mu st be willing to relinquish old dre a m s s o t h a t w e c a n a l l o w new ones to soar." B efore t he ac cident Ja nine felt she wa s t wo - dimensional, but she became three-dimensional af- ter connecting with other patients in the acute spi- nal ward. The thought was introduced to Janine in the ward through a plastic straw exercise a doctor shared to make patients feel bonded to one another despite their physical impairments. Physically con- necting straws amongst the patients in a room in- spired that connection. Ja nine says, " We all have t he sa me hopes a nd dreams in wanting our lives to count and have pur- pose. Being able to share my small story took me to a much larger human story. In a way, we are all strug- gling. People have connected with me, shared their stories of tripping over stones, and hitting the wall." An ambassador for Spinal Cure Australia and Red Bull Wings for Life, Janine remains committed to helping find a cure for spinal cord injury in the near future. Her "straw experience" is a part of her TEDX talk that speaks to coping with physical disabilities and life challenges. Janine's flying became a very meaningful part of her life as she adapted to being a walking paraplegic. She became Australia's youngest and only female director of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and enjoyed be- ing a voice for the general aviation community. Recognizing there is a time and place for everyone, Janine put her flying on the back burner to focus on raising her family. Despite the doctor's warning, she and her husband had three children, but her life was again upended when she was forced to face a painful divorce, the loss of her home, and financial ruin. She Within a year of her accident, Janine earned her private pilot cer- tificate in Australia. As she adapted to being a "walking paraplegic," flying became a very meaningful part of her life. Her TED Talk "A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person" garnered over 2 million views. Left: Janine enjoys soaring with husband David Treinis. "It is only in taking action, in not giving in to circumstances, that we can ever truly understand how courageous we can be."

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