ANYONE who doesn't believe in the power of positive thinking probably hasn't met a person such as Kristy Banks.
Banks suffered future-changing injuries in a Clifford Park race crash on December 31.
The incident left her with a severed spinal cord. She now has no movement below her waist and faces daily life in a wheelchair.
But in a remarkable show of physical and mental strength, less than three months after the fall, Banks has returned from Brisbane's P A Hospital to her Oakey home.
Life for Banks and her family, including husband Dale Groves, is now about tackling one day at a time and focussing on the future and not what is lost.
The 31-year-old is already back on the road after gaining her licence to drive specially converted vehicles and she has even been back on top of a horse.
"Probably accepting it and wanting to get on with my life has helped me get back to where I am so soon," Banks said this week.
"I think my fitness has also been a help.
"They say that when you get home is when reality sets in.
"I know there are things I can't do now and that still upsets me a bit at times.
"But I'll try to stay positive. Things are going pretty well."
Banks also spends time learning about developments in spinal injury treatment.
"I do think there will eventually be a cure for this type of injury," she said.
"I'm not holding my breath waiting for it, but I think one day I will walk again, with the progress being made in medical science."
Despite her positive start to a new lifestyle, Banks will still have her share of physical, emotional and financial challenges to overcome.
One of those emotion tests comes today when she makes her first trip to a Clifford Park race meeting since her fall.
Her appearance trackside coincides with ongoing fundraising to assist Banks and her family.
Toowoomba Turf Club and race sponsor Castlemaine Perkins have agreed to name the feature Weetwood Handicap in her honour.
Banks had her first Weetwood ride as an apprentice aboard her father Graham's sprinter Royal Rego.
In 2007 she almost became the first female rider to win the famous Toowoomba feature when her mount Kutalo was narrowly beaten by Tellem.
"It was a bit of a surprise when I heard they were adding my name to this year's Weetwood, but it's a great honour," Banks said.
Raffle wticket sellers helping raise funds for Banks will be on track at Clifford Park today wearing pink shirts.