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    "JiilyK,"

    Look forward to hearing more from you.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    I'm 19

    Quote Originally Posted by LIP26 View Post
    Hey Jillian..how old r u?

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    Thanks! This was exactly what I wanted to hear. I am definitely looking forward to getting active in some wheelchair sports, including tennis, but I don't think I'm quite ready yet. I know it will be different, but at least I can stay active.

    -Jillian


    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
    Hi Jillian, it's an extremely tough thing. I know exactly where you are coming from. I was about your age and a student in college at 23 years old when I become a t4 Paraplegic due to a Motorcycle accident, that was nearly 31 years ago. Went back to College in the wheelchair and it took all my emotional strength to do so. All I can say is be as strong as you can be and you will do it. As it turned out I went from being a C plus student to being a straight A student and I no longer was a chronic party type of guy and got real serious about School. After I got my two degrees I went to work for my Grandfather in the investment field (not what I really wanted to do I majored in engineering, but the employment situation in 1982 was really tough, kinda like today) and then after a year and half was an engineer working for a company called Raytheon. After that I went on to own many small businesses and eventually service stations that turned out to be super successful. It can be done, you can still live a good and productive life.

    As far as Sports, you should really think about getting active in wheelchair sports, I know that really helped me out a lot over the years, especially wheelchair tennis which the past few years even in my fifties I've become very active in. Sailing is a lot of fun too, I have my own little sailboat that I tow behind my truck to different races all over the place. Once your in a place that is not so closed in like NYC you may want to think about getting into handcycling too. It is a very liberating feeling to get out of the wheelchair and onto a three wheeled trike and ride with the wind. The other thing with sports they help you in everyday life in the wheelchair as you build up your body and can do transfers like nothing and get around a lot better in the chair, especially when you play a lot of wheelchair tennis. Hang in there and stay positive.

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    Welcome!!! but hate you've had to find this place!

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    Welcome Jillian

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    Just a few comments. You're in a great site with CareCure, for questions, hearing experiences, etc.
    Even though my life long paralysis is from a non-sci cause, and I'm an old coot, just want to suggest that it might be interesting for you to check out the disabled students organization on campus when you return - be open about making contact there. Sometimes it's difficult for a recently injured person to relate to other persons with a disability - but there's a wealth of support and information with such contacts.
    Also, check out the campus "work out" facilities for fitness and strength building. And, lastly, work at socializing in addition to your studies.
    Very best to you!

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    hi jillian, it's great advice to stay active and find new things or new ways to enjoy the things you already did. that one strategy can carry you through tough times.

    enjoy college as much as you can.

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    Jillian Welcome, I was recently injured (Sept) and was seriously struggling for answers until i found this site, there is a wealth of info here... I really found out who my real friends were after injury, I swear some think they can somehow "catch" what i have......Keep your chin up and try and set some goals try not to be too unrealistic with them.. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromnwmont View Post
    Jillian Welcome, I was recently injured (Sept) and was seriously struggling for answers until i found this site, there is a wealth of info here... I really found out who my real friends were after injury, I swear some think they can somehow "catch" what i have......Keep your chin up and try and set some goals try not to be too unrealistic with them.. .

    Yes isn't that strange how some people are so uneasy around us? I've been trying to figure that one out all along. Conclusion I've mostly come to is it's fear of people they may end up like us. I think that's one reason everyone's first question is generally what happened to you? Does not really matter though cause if they are a motorcycle rider like I was they are still going to keep riding and think it will never happen to them. I do notice people who seem to be most uneasy around me are those who are most at risk of it happening to them.
    "Life is about how you
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    the challenges you seek...If
    you have no goals, no
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    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
    Yes isn't that strange how some people are so uneasy around us? I've been trying to figure that one out all along. Conclusion I've mostly come to is it's fear of people they may end up like us. I think that's one reason everyone's first question is generally what happened to you? Does not really matter though cause if they are a motorcycle rider like I was they are still going to keep riding and think it will never happen to them. I do notice people who seem to be most uneasy around me are those who are most at risk of it happening to them.
    Curt: I have to agree with you those who reacted strongest are the most physically active! we live in a small town so before long pretty much everyone knows what happened to me but still ask what happened i assume they are nervous and do not know what else to say or how to start a conversation, i must me wired differently having friends who were injured in bike accidents, I went out of my way to say hi to them!!!

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