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Joined the Endeavor Community: April 2015
I was riding as a passenger in a car that was hit by a very young drunk driver when I broke my neck and suffered a C5-7 spinal cord injury. Although my injury has been incredibly challenging and I have had many ups and downs, I see my self as extremely blessed to recover as well as I have with the small amount of therapy resources I have had. Doctors told me that I would need a power wheelchair, and very limited, if any, use of my arms and legs. I have surpassed all of those predictions and have recovered almost all of my arm muscles, hands and I have even my legs! I can take some steps with arm crutches for very short distances (5-10 steps) but I need to build up my endurance so that I can get to my goal of walking with crutches at least 50% of my day. I also want to walk with out crutches down the isle when I get married. Due to a tight financial situation, it has been challenging to come to the studio consistantly, but my trainer Rachel Kahn helped me set up a home program so that I can work on my exercises every day.
I have a dog (beautiful grey doxiepoo named Diego) who I bring everywhere with me (you may have seen us). He’s my best friend, the absolute light of my life and he never leaves my side. I have developed a deep passion for dog rescue after learning how many dogs are put to sleep everyday simply because they can’t get adopted. Diego was one of these dogs, and I can't imagine life without him and how much light these dogs could bring to someone's life.
SCI impacts our lives so much with many challenges and dark days. Sometimes coming to therapy is the only bright light thing that keeps us believing that we can get back what we have lost. I want to thank you for taking the time to read my story. You make is possible for us to reach our goals.