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Hello,
1 year ago I went in for a spinal fusion surgery and came home 5 weeks later paralyzed. I had a L3 incomplete injury because the doc moved the hardware into my spinal canal

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  • AskNurseLindaAskNurseLinda Posts: 71Moderator, Information Specialist Information Specialist
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    Hi, Beej, Yikes, that is a story too often told. People have spinal cord injury from all sorts of causes. The researchers in spinal cord injury are working toward treatments and a cure. 
    I hope you find some resources helpful on this site. Keep your body in the best shape that you can. You will rely on it as the advances progress. There are more tangible options now than ever before. Nurse Linda

    I'm online in this community every Wednesday from 8-9 PM ET to answer your SCI and paralysis related questions.

    Leave a comment any time below. Let's get the discussion going!

    Nurse Linda

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  • BeejBeej Posts: 8Member
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    Thanks for the words of encouragement.  I've had a rough couple months emotionally as my 1 year anniversary went by.
  • AskNurseLindaAskNurseLinda Posts: 71Moderator, Information Specialist Information Specialist
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    Those milestones are treacherous. Add in the milestones of accomplishments to your calendar. I am sure you have a lot of 'firsts' like meeting a new friend or hitting that exercise goal. I even celebrate the number of nights I sleep soundly, seeing how far I can stretch it until the worries set in. Celebrating the small stuff can be quite satisfying, Nurse Linda

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  • BeejBeej Posts: 8Member
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    Very true. I do have alot of things I accomplished.  I had to go to driving school, then take a road test so I could drive with a driving device!
  • AskNurseLindaAskNurseLinda Posts: 71Moderator, Information Specialist Information Specialist
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    Beej, celebrate that success. We cannot forget those anniversaries of injury.  Alas, it is always there. But once you take stock of your successes since then, it makes it a little less difficult. On to the next challenge which you will beat as well. Nurse Linda

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  • Monica.TMonica.T Posts: 98Member ✭✭
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    Beej Hi, I am so sorry about what happened during your surgery, but was inspired when I read that you are learning to drive; that is wonderful, you have a great inner strength :) and I think you are going to enjoy this forum and all it has to offer  :) Chatting and sharing with others can be very uplifting. My teenage son is 20 months post spinal infusion surgery, during the surgery at T2 the hardware penetrated his spinalcord resulting in a bleed. We were living thru confusion and desperation until a dear friend told us about the Foundation, here we discovered we are not alone, there are people who understand the struggles and the victories we are experiencing along  this new chapter in our lives. As you explore the site I hope you find words of comfort, insight and even a few smiles along the way. :)
  • BeejBeej Posts: 8Member
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    Thank you so much for sharing with me. I am so sorry to hear about your son. Sounds very similar to my experience. I do need the support of others as I do live alone with very little help. Again, I thank you
  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 212Moderator Moderator
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    @Beej
    Thank you for sharing your story - you will inspire many who had the same thing happen to them and who find it hard to see the light. Regardless of how hard this road is, there is a team of people here waiting to give you the support you need - even if its just online thanks to Reeve Connect. Please know that you are NOT alone in this. - WAGS of SCI Brooke and Elena 
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
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