Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up!

Living with a spinal cord injury comes with many challenges and getting used to a new way of living your life can be especially difficult at first. A newly-injured person may remember being able to walk and run, but has recently lost that ability to move freely. Going out in public can be frightening because you are not sure how people will view your disability.

It can also be difficult trying to communicate your needs to others. You may be used to doing tasks on your own, but now require someone to assist you. When I speak with newly-injured individuals, I encourage them to maintain as much independence as possible. However, they should not hesitate to ask for assistance when at home or in public. Most of the time, people are caring enough to help.

Over the years, I’ve learned to better communicate my needs to others. When it comes to alleviating a physically-demanding task, I’ll ask for assistance or find out if there is assistive technology available to help me do it on my own. For instance, my camera tripod that mounts to my wheelchair allows me to take pictures without holding the camera.

When there is clear communication, it makes living life with a spinal cord injury a bit easier. Once you’re comfortable talking with others, you’ll be able to get back to more comfortably living your life again.

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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8 Responses to Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up!

  1. Asking for help is often very difficult. After awhile those who matter, usually know when to help with just a nod of the head. They learn very quickly too when to back off. lol Great job Alex!

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  2. Such good advice…. Being comfortable with ourself makes everyone communicate with such a friendly spirit and encourages assistance if requested. I so appreciate the kindness that people present and their pride in helping others.

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  3. Felicia Holmes says:

    When it comes to Alex help is always there , When we have church gatherings and food is being serviced I sometimes beat his mother to the punch and fix his food and drink so she does have too and position the food and drink on the table so he can enjoy his meal. I am always in eye reach of him so I can assist him if needed. The smile on his face is joy in my soul so I don’t mine help if it’s needed. Love ya Alex Keep up the great job.

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  4. Shinika says:

    Alex I enjoyed reading your post. As a witness I can honestly say that you handle most task on your own; however when you are in need of help your not afraid to ask. I feel that one of the biggest challenges when it comes to others with disabilites, is being afraid to ask for help. I think its wonderful of you to encourage others to do the same, you rock!!.

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