In July 1972 I was 15 years old when my spinal cord injury happened. C4/C5 quadriplegia. Over the year many people have remarked to me, "...you should write a book about your life...".
So, I did. I wrote, and published my memoir The Blue Hole
My success after my paralysis did not occur magically.
Since my SCI July 1972 it has been a long, continuous fight to balance my physical health, and my metal health for me impoving my quality of life.
I have learned we need hobbies to keep our menta health at a level to enjoy life to it's fullest.
Forty one years of my life has been living and coping with life after paralysis, and each day I learn something new about lifter the spinal cord injury. Upper most in my everyday ADLs are prevention of pressure sores, urinary regiment, and managing a bowel regime.
Rehabilitation begins hours after the SCI-- not in the home when insurance companies no longer view the person with the SCI no longer needs rehab services.
I have noted a trend over the past several years people just a few months after their paralysis being released, sent home to locate resources to continue coping with life after spinal cord injury. Many end getting severe pressure sores that take several months to heal, thus stalling their coping and dealing with a life after SCI.