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    Spinal cord injury biographies

    hello there,

    can you please suggest biographies written from spinal cord survivors? And they don't need to be specially famous, normal life storie are OK.

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    I like this one specifically because it is about normal folk (not necessarily famous) who sustained SCI.

    'From There To Here: Stories of Adjustment To Spinal Cord Injury'

    You can buy it from New Mobility or even Amazon.

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    'From Here To There' is a good one, full of shorter stories.
    Also, 'Waking' by Matt Sanford, about his experience/journey.

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    Joni Eareckson Tada has a lot of good books.

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    Check this link for a list. They can be borrowed from the library as well.
    Every day I wake up is a good one

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    This book had a profound effect on me 8 years ago after my SCI. It is written by the Pulitzer Prize writer of primarily fiction but it is an autobiographical account of his paralysis from a spinal cord tumor and his difficulties with chronic pain. And his solutions and his recommendations for anyone finding themselves in this predicament. I read his list of what to do 15 times...
    Reynolds Price, A Whole New Life.

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    I can recommend these particularly:

    Callahan, John. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

    Ellison, Brooke and Jean Ellison.
    Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey. New York: Hyperion, 2001.

    Galli, Richard. Rescuing Jeffrey. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2000.

    Heagy, Ron with Donita Dyer
    . Life is an Attitude: A Tragedy Turns to Triumph. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 1997.

    Hockenberry, John. Moving Violations: A Memoir. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

    Karp, Gary and Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D.
    From There to Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury. Horsham, PA: No Limits Communications, 2004.

    Kovic, Ron.
    Born on the Fourth of July. New York: Pocket Books, 1976.

    Rucker, Allen. The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life. Harper Collins, 2007.

    Valens, E.G. The Long Way Up: The Story of Jill Kinmont. Harper Collins, 1966.

    Valens, E.G. The Other Side of the Mountain, Part II. Warner Books, 1978.


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    Another vote for From There To Here from me. It's very good. I got my copy from good old ebay.

    One of the guys in it had his injury from the exact same thing as me. I was amazed.

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    When it comes to these types of books I love Ebay and Barnes and Noble
    A while back I seen a movie well bio flik on television called the Worlds strongest woman she is inspiring I think her name is Rose .
    I'll look for these insirational books soon , but in the mean time i've been writing my own book so far 3 years in the works and it takes alot to keep these things going .
    Being I really want to go in a spectrum of neurology I am trying to work with my Dr's on collaborating about Neuro spinal related topics .
    These projects take alot of time and dedication .
    I havent titled it yet but it is going to be one of my dreams to finish it sometime soon .
    The way I write starts out on a small dictaphone device I owned for many years .
    My friend Janus is a excellent proof reader and I am working so hard on this book .She is my sounding board I guess you call it .
    Sorry about my sloppy typing I truly appologize .
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