I have been living life with a spinal cord injury for 29 years and have experienced more than I could ask or imagine. I hope to encourage people experiencing hardships to understand that they can embrace and overcome the obstacles in their life and live life abundantly.
I was injured in 1989 while tumbling at the age of 16 and sustained a C6-7 spinal cord injury which left me paralyzed from the chest down. After receiving a master’s degree in counseling psychology, I distributed wheelchairs for eight years in developing countries. I now work with an international non-profit organization to ensure our workers stay healthy emotionally, physically and spiritually while working cross-culturally. I am also a contributing writer at Bard Care, a peer mentor to people with recent spinal cord injuries and a volunteer with Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team. I love staying physically active by rowing on the Ohio River, playing tennis, and occasionally, wheelchair rugby.
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A spinal cord injury often destroys one’s dreams and aspirations for the future. Although there are many losses that accompany a spinal cord injury, there is hope. My desire is to share how our lives can be lived fully in spite of the difficulties life throws at us.
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