From One Peer to Another

Since I was injured at nine months old, I don’t remember the car accident that caused my spinal cord injury nor do I remember learning how to walk. I never gave my physical limitations much thought since that was all I knew.

I learned how to adapt to the situation. I would always figure out a way to accomplish the task, even if took me twice as long as someone else. If I dropped something, I’ve learned that I can take a broom (or occasionally my mother’s walking cane), and sweep the items into a crate. Then I can pick the crate up and get the objects that I dropped.

When visiting newly-injured patients who are injured as teenagers or young adults, I can’t imagine what it’s like to have the ability to walk and run one day, and then lose that ability the next day. Family members also have a hard time accepting the disability.

I share with the patient and family that there will be some days that are more difficult than others.  Try to focus on the positive abilities. There is a lot that can be done from a wheelchair. You can attend school, have a job and participate in adapted wheelchair sports. I’ve enjoyed participating in the spinal cord injury support group to learn from others who are going through similar situations.

It’s rewarding to share my accomplishments with new patients, but I probably learn just as much from them. Every spinal cord injury is different and it’s amazing to see that we can come together to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

To learn more about new injury visits, go to http://www.scspinalcord.org/new-injury-visits.php.

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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7 Responses to From One Peer to Another

  1. Eva says:

    Your story is inspiring. I like that you said you always try to focus on the positive. I also enjoyed reading it, it hooked me from the first sentence.

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  2. Barbara says:

    It’s all about what we can do and nothing about what we can’t do… There are many different ways to accomplish the same result, it just takes creativity and good character which you have in a great way. I enjoy your spirit and company with our SCI group.

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  3. mv1kg says:

    This story puts out a feeling of “thinking ” ….Our lives can change in an instant and it can be from various reasons , but what this story means to me is “Stay positive and no matter what the outcome , be prepared to work with yourself.” It starts with you and to have a bright outlook everyday and having a plan you can get thru alot . God bless you Alex, thank you for what you do in reaching out to others and being an inspiration .

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