Spinal Cord Injury: More about me
I am a Quad (Tetraplegia) Incomplete C1-C4
I spent 1 year recovering at Magee Hospital www.mageerehab.org where I would relearn how to use my hands (write) and legs (walk) again. Intense physical & occupational therapy followed up with cognitive and speech therapy was the way of life for over a year...on my road to recovery I would learn more about life and myself than any classroom or degree could hold.
I am currently part of the Magee Hospital Peer Mentoring group and am looking to expand my services to those on-line & in person who need support, mentoring, and coaching due to a Spinal Cord Injury.
As you well know, life is certainly very different and challenging for those who suffer an injury of this magnitude! Severe SCI often causes paralysis (loss of control of movements and muscles of the body) and loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury, including autonomic activity and other activities such as bowel and bladder control. Other symptoms, such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms and sexual dysfunction, may develop over time. SCI patients are also prone to develop medical complications such as bladder infections, lung infections and pressure sores.
Today, I suffer from sexual dysfunction, spasticity, extreme body temperature changes, pain, bladder issues, and mental illness (PTSD)…I do not state this for sympathy but to help others know they are not alone and can reach out to people like me for support.
My hope and goal is to provide a safe environment for those who suffer from Spinal Cord Injuries and to assist them in finding a way back to a new way of living life to its fullest...