I am a Senior Tax Manager at EY, and I love my job, the way it challenges me mentally and physically. I used to run marathons, kick box, and play touch football—but my life is very different now.
A few years ago, I took a trip to Jamaica. One afternoon, a man followed me too closely down a waterslide and we collided at the bottom, the force of which broke my neck. I was left with no feeling or movement below my chest or in my fingers, and limited movement in my arms. I feared that the collision wouldn’t just rob me of my mobility, but also important parts of my life. I loved to cook, host happy hours on my roof deck, visit friends, and do many other activities, not to mention my professional work, and it wasn’t immediately clear after the accident whether these activities would be a part of my future.
Getting back to work as soon as possible was a key motivator for me, and I was committed to doing so as soon as I had enough dexterity in my hands to maneuver a mouse and stylus. EY has been extremely supportive, including providing tools like adaptive mice and noise-canceling microphones to let me do my best work on campus and at home. My husband Kirby has also been incredible and has renovated our home’s layout and technology so that I can live as freely as possible.
Although I work differently now, the accident has not halted my career nor my professional development. Suria Nordin Senior Manager, Tax, EY
So although I can no longer cook, I can make shopping lists and write recipes. I can no longer get to the roof deck, so instead Kirby and I host happy hours on the ramp outside of our house. And we can still take walks together using my motorized wheelchair. Professionally, I have had to reinvent myself, and I think that the changes in my life have made me a more reflective professional if a little slower to respond to email.
Although I work differently now, the accident has not halted my career nor my professional development. I’m very thankful to work for a company like EY, which has continued to believe in me and supported me throughout my recovery. Everything about going back to work has improved the quality of my life.
Suria is originally from Malaysia, and the youngest of 5 siblings. Before joining EY, she studied accounting at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.