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    where are these devices Dr wise? pictures!

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    I think if they could reduce the size of this, lose the backpack and the humming sound then it might actually be a feasible alternative to a wheelchair.

    As it stands, I'd feel alot more comfortable and 'dignified' pushing a wheelchair down the street than being strapped to this thing.

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    It's obvious to the casual sci observer that this device will not allow a person with sci to function as a normal AB person does. What we don't know, is how far this technology can be pushed. I for one hope lots of people get to try this out and show us what can be done.
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    I can understand your feelings about the robo suit but did you give up walking with crutches? It looked like you were really doing well esp since you only had a brace on one leg. You put a lot of work into walking I would hate for you to give that up. I have always been impressed with your abs and upper body, that took lots of working out to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert30 View Post
    I can understand your feelings about the robo suit but did you give up walking with crutches? It looked like you were really doing well esp since you only had a brace on one leg. You put a lot of work into walking I would hate for you to give that up. I have always been impressed with your abs and upper body, that took lots of working out to get.
    Hi Robert,

    I haven't given up on walking, I still do it for therapic purposes (thats all my walking has ever been) so I don't lose what I have but I've been at a stand still on my recovery for years now even after attending intense rehab programs.

    I've just came to the realization of hey, this maybe all I get back and its better than nothing. To me its about living life to the fullest with what you have to work with when before I thought if I could only look like I was normal life would be so much different but that wasn't the case at all.

    Life was actually more difficult and people judged me even more when I was walking than when I was in a wheelchair. Mainly because people were afraid of what actually was wrong with me but if your in the wheelchair people have an idea of what the issue could be.

    When people see me walk they think I'm doing amazing but really my legs are doing very little and my upper body is doing a whole lot. Even with daily exercise my legs I don't believe are getting stronger (the muscles maybe getting bigger) but the signal is still weak so the muscles don't matter. The more interesting thing is really my legs arn't even what is the most limiting part about me, its my core. When I stand or walk after a very short period of time my back will start arching super bad due to my lack of core muscles (although my abs look very tone and they are hard when I flex), they can't be activated when I'm standing so they are basically for show.

    One day my legs will feel great(my signal is strong), the next day they are crap (the signal is weak). But when I walk it looks natural, but in reality its just a show. I can't for instance walk on a beach, walk around a mall, go shopping, etc when I'm on my crutches. I managed to live for 3 years on crutches just in the house which I can always do but I chose not to do it because its doing work on my body in a bad way. We use to joke when my relatives came over because my mom always said, "Cory! show them your tricks you can do now!"

    I work 8-10 hour days and I'm constantly standing up and doing leg exercises even in my cube when I'm taking a break from programming just to keep everything moving and active so I don't lose anything. If one magical day my left hip flexor wakes up, my abs kick in, and my back stops arching I'll start believing I have a chance of ditching this wheelchair for good but until then I'm missing way to many pieces of the puzzle to even begin using this walk as functional in everyday life.
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    I'm glad to hear you are still using your legs some. I was concerned by the tone of your earlier response that you had given up or something. I'm glad you are liking your job and Ca. Are you still just using one brace?

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    thats a big change from the KAFO you had earlier. I still think you made a lot of great progress. How's the g/f? any wedding plans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young View Post
    Stephen,

    I may be biased because I have seen very effective overground walking devices in China improve walking in people with ASIA A spinal cord injuries for much less than $35,000. In fact, I think that it can be done with devices that cost less than $1000.

    Wise.
    Why haven't we got it then? To stand and move well is more then I can even imagine anymore, after 15 years in my chair. Who do we need to bug to get something going. What am I talking about I can't even get any help getting a wheel chair
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    Quote Originally Posted by knowthill View Post
    Why haven't we got it then? To stand and move well is more then I can even imagine anymore, after 15 years in my chair. Who do we need to bug to get something going. What am I talking about I can't even get any help getting a wheel chair

    Lol yah, I can only imagine insurance companies. You want what now? a mech warrior suit?

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