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  • prc_Bethprc_Beth Posts: 5Moderator, Information Specialist Information Specialist
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    Hi! I'm Beth and I'm a part of the Information Specialist Team with the Paralysis Resource Center.
  • jaarchjaarch Posts: 40Moderator Moderator
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    Hi! I'm Joe. After a successful 27 years in the Navy, life threw me a curve ball and I was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident about seven years ago. I am a peer mentor with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and I am a moderator on this forum. I love to tinker and design new ways to adapt my new lifestyle to the rest of the world. 
  • kdeetonkdeeton Posts: 1Member
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    Hi!  I am the oldest sister of a 62 year old brother who was injured on 10/11/17 when helping friends evacuate from a historical fire in Northern California.  My brother was standing on the side of the road and got hit by a fire truck.  He spent almost a year in the hospital and is now a quadriplegic.  I am doing everything I can to learn as much about his injury and help him adjust to his new life.  Everything I learn I share with the rest of my family (and, of course, my brother).  I am excited to be a part of this website.  Just knowing there are so many resources out there to tap into helps lessen the stress and anxiety my family is going through.
  • alexwoodsfamilyalexwoodsfamily Posts: 1Member
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    Hi I have a 47 year old son who was hit by car on12/5/2014 n left a quad with tbi. He is currently in a nursing home about an hour from us. I am hoping to learn more about coping with his condition. He is totally angry n refuses almost everything that can help him  He spent almost year at VA facility b4 coming home. The accident was him trying to help multiple crash victim n being hit by car n landing block away on face.  Look forward to learning more about coping n possible help for him.  I am excited to be a part of this community. 
  • RobinbratRobinbrat Posts: 1Member
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    Hi. My name is Robin. I was paralyzed from a car wreck in 2004. I finished my degree, worked and stayed very active since I became a paraplegic. I did not receive rehabilitation after my accident and therefore like to help newly paralyzed individuals any way I can.
  • JanFreemanJanFreeman Posts: 2Member
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    Hi!  I'm the mom of a 23 year old son who was injured 9/10/17, so we are still very new to the SCI life and have soooo many questions about it all.  He is a C7, T5/6 injury and is medically a quad.  He has use of his arms, but limited use of his left hand (about 20%) and about 80% use of his right hand.  He was extremely active pre-injury, and had gotten into weight lifting and hiking.  He now does nothing but read and watch podcasts.  I can't get him out of the house except for 3 days a week at the gym.  He has basically quit living outside of the room we made for him by converting our carport.  I am desperate for him to connect with others, and yet I know he has to want it himself.  He wants to be independent, but doesn't really work at it (like I think he should).  I didn't realize that this website could be a source of help for me so I'm excited about exploring the website and seeing all that it has to offer.  The wonderful ladies of WAGS of SCI have been helpful, even though I'm a mom and not a wife or girlfriend :)

  • cjaydeepcjaydeep Posts: 1Member
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    I am a newly paralyzed paraplegic please share your thoughts if I can get disability benefits?
  • dave_carverdave_carver Posts: 1Member
    First Comment Hi.  I am 5.5 years post injury (c4 incomplete). I spent 12 weeks in Kessler west Orange for inpatient rehab and have continued to spend time there (rehab, clinical trials, aftercare) ever since.  I also have a personal trainer at my local YMCA who makes a big difference in my day.  For the past 2 summers, I've been part of the empowersci camp at stony brook university on Long Island; an experience I cannot recommend highly enough as it was great for both my wife (who enjoyed a well deserved break) and I.  My alumni magazine recently did a feature on us which provides additional information on my story.  Glad to help anyone with any questions. Thanks 
  • garrisonreddgarrisonredd Posts: 65Moderator Moderator
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    @Crucker I really enjoyed reading your last blog
  • IrinaCarmenIrinaCarmen Posts: 2Member
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    Hi! I’m Irina, I’m from Romania (you can call it The Land of Nowhere) and I am engaged to a wonderful man who happens to be a C5 quad. To us, The CDRF has always been a huge source of info since our biggest struggle is, in my opinion, living here, where the information and resources are very limited - as well as accessibility or healthcare. However, we try to make the most of what we have! 🧡
    “Be brave. Be open-minded. Be kind. Be forgiving. Be generous. Be optimistic. Be grateful for the many unexpected lessons you will learn. Find the joy inside the hardship. It’s there. I assure you. And, too, be opened to inspiration from unlikely sources.” - D.R.
  • CruckerCrucker Posts: 38Moderator Moderator
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    Thanks, Garrisonredd. Appreciate it.
  • davidkdavidk Posts: 2Member
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      Hi!  I’m Dave.  Unlike the other members of this group, I have a spinal cord disease, multiple sclerosis.  I was diagnosed in 1986.  I’ve gone through a range of walking aids from a cane through various wheelchairs.  I currently use a tilting powerchair.
       So, I believe I have some things in common with the members of this group.  I’m interested in hearing everyone’s experiences.
  • kellyclambkellyclamb Posts: 1Member
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    Hello All!

    I’m Kelly Lamb and the girlfriend to Jon David. He is a C5/C6 incomplete quad of 6 years. We live in Little Rock, AR. I got involved with the Reeve Foundation 5 years ago when I started running marathons and fundraising for them. And they have become our amazing extended family! 
  • bbynum11bbynum11 Posts: 1Member
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    Hello all☺...My name is Brandon and I've been a T4 complete for 20 yeras. I fell off a 50ft ledge at my 5 year class reunion. I've been active for many years but most days I sit in bed and watch tv. I had a bad reaction to an antibiotic called Gentamicin that killed the cells in my inner ears and now I stay dizzy. This happened  New Years Eve  (of the new year it's not even been 2 months yet). So on top of being paralyzed I'm constantly dizzy😠..I'm like a pinball bouncing off the walls when I go down the hall..HAHA. I have a healthy sense of humor and stay happy 99% of the time. Please feel free to message me of you want to chat. 
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