Newly Paralyzed. Thinking off committting suicide

Newly Paralyzed. Thinking off committting suicide

Posted by Gunrifle on Jul 3, 2017 1:55 am

Crashed my dirt bike 2 months ago ( T12) paralyzed from hip down . Really wondering if I should bother with this life . I don't have it bad as some I know that but this soul crushing feeling is so heavy ..... most the joys of my life where taking from me and I don't see the point of pressing on . I'm just so tired . Tired of how my family looks at me and always trying to cheer me up . There very religious and the constant praying is driving me crazy . I'm only 24 and never had a girlfriend and I'm a virgin lol . Go figure now I'm paralyzed and can't even have sex lol . If god is up there he really does have a sick since of humor .

Re: Newly Paralyzed. Thinking off committting suicide

Posted by DEE28 on Jul 5, 2017 2:18 pm

Can't say I don't feel the same way.  I wish everyday I would have died in the wreck. 
I feel cheated, this is so much worse than dying.  Torcher having to live everyday like this.  

Re: Newly Paralyzed. Thinking off committting suicide

Posted by Kathy on Jul 5, 2017 3:01 pm

It is important to connect with individuals who can help you through this. The Reeve Foundation works with Boys Town to help individuals in crisis or suicidal.   Please reach out to Boys Town at 866-697-8394.

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Re: Newly Paralyzed. Thinking off committting suicide

Posted by PC-Eastern-USA on Jul 6, 2017 2:55 pm

I’m Todd Johnston from Peer and Family Support Program of The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. 
I certainly can relate to the impact such a traumatic injury can have on someone. I was 22 when I had my motorcycle accident and became paralyzed from T4 down a total sever of my spinal cord to add to issues I also had Traumatic Brain Injury which resulted in losing in the sight of my right eye. I do remember wondering what everything is now going to be like.  I was in the hospital for one month on a striker frame and then in a Halo Brace for a couple of months.  It takes a good amount of time it seems for people like us to really understand what our new normal will be.  My friends were a great support always visiting while I was at the hospital. One of my friends married one of my nurses.  Talk about how something good can happen from something awful. I have learned there are many caring people in this world and have been fortunate to have them around me.  
I have been fortunate to have had sexual relations prior to my accident and was concerned what now.  A few years after my accident I married an able-bodied lady.  Sex was not the same but sure was still awesome! I have learned to appreciate more how lucky people are who can feel while having sex.  I went years pleasing my wife and enjoying her love.  It took five years and an understanding wife to finally reach that point of sexual pleasure to where I had an orgasm.  There are ways to have enjoyment and if you like I can share some informational videos produced discussing the options for individuals who are paralyzed.   
Early on I may have wondered just how am I going to get through this.  I found my loving family and friends could and did help me learn how precious life is and how wonderful it can be even with my limitations.  In two months, I'll be 57 in these past 35 years I have had some challenges but all in all I have had an unbelievable life so far.
If you would like to speak with me directly you can email me at or you can request a peer mentor from our foundation by going to the following link.
Todd A. Johnston 860-558-7384 Program Coordinator for Eastern United States Peer and Family Support Program Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Re: Newly Paralyzed. Thinking off committting suicide

Posted by level11 on Jul 10, 2017 2:27 pm

There is a God and your life has meaning....You are a Para I presume and a L 4 or 5 injury.  I have worked with plenty of SCI patients and some have higher injuries with alot less physical function.  We have several quadraplegics that are driving, going back to school, getting married and having kids. You have so much to look forward too.  I believe most SCI patients I have worked with have a similiar thought process that says what am I going to do now with my life. My friend Brian is an individual with qudraplegia and owns sevral businesses, played quad rugby and basketball, won several handcycling races, made the US National team, won several Gold and Silver Medals and was selected to the Para Olympic Team in 2016 and won a Bronze Medal.  He never would have had this much success if he was not injured.  There is so much you can do and the ability to teach others with similiar injuries.
​You have to have faith in yourself that you can achieve what you want....getting involved in the disability community is the best way to get over some of your negative thoughts.  There are sports clubs in every state that you can call on from hunting to moutain climbing.  just search the web for a contact.  " If you think you can or think you can't your right!! "  Henry Ford
Rick Andrus

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