Dr. Wise sews it up on what can be done to speed a cure:
PostWhat can you do now? I recommend the following:
1. Take the time to understand spinal cord injury and the various treatments. I am here to answer questions and there are many people here with a great deal of experience. You need to understand things well-enough to make rationale decisions concerning clinical trials that will be coming.
2. Participate in lobbying your government to fund more spinal cord injury research and clinical trials. This can be in the form of letters or telephone calls. It is a long-term effort but it has to start.
3. You must prepare your body for clinical trial. This includes rebuilding your bone and muscle, getting your cardiovascular system up, and weaning down on any unnecessary drugs that you are taking. This will increase the probability that you will respond to whatever therapy.
4. Become educated and earn money. You probably think that I am kidding. I am not. Many studies have shown that the highest correlation with recovery from spinal cord injury is education and wealth.- Dr.Wise Young
I have to admit I didn't follow the spinal cure issue before my injury. Each of the above points struck a "nerve". I wager the average person on this board isn't up to date on treatments or how to lobby local government/public awareness.
Use this thread to compile information, sample lobby letters, addresses, links, basic info, etc. Someone newly injured (like me) or otherwise concerned about SCI Cure could really benefit from a fundamentals crash course.