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    where are the OLD sci's?

    i don't see many people with sci to begin with, but i SURE don't see any old people in a wheelchair. why is this? maybe its b/c im from little town, USA..... but it makes me wonder. does having a SCI shorten my life?
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    This has been discussed before on this site. There may be some research studies suggesting that our lives are shortened ... but I think you're in control of the reins in that regard, rather than some stupid study.

    I was twelve and a half. I'll be thirty-five near the end of the year. 22yrs post

    I've always had some sort of pressure sore but I really noticed some health difficulties arising as I approached 30yrs old ... but this is someone who's worked shift work since age 19yrs.

    I am impressed by the longevity shown on this site by some of the other members like Spadfan, Deadeye and Jukespin. I am happy to be in the midst of others who are along the same timelines as myself for length of paralysis - at around the two decade mark.

    Hopefully you never see any of that .. depends upon how loud we yell for change (cure)!
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    I read somewhere that having a SCI shortens ones life by 15 years!!! Whether that's true or not, dunno. Hope not. Just take care of yourself and live for the now.





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    A distant cousin of mine was a quad (hurt in his 30's), and lived into his 70's. He died about a year after I was hurt.


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    thanks for the replies. i didn't realize it was already discussed....oops.
    i was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year before my accident. i guess thats suppose to shorten the life span as well. guess i might be screwed!! lol .
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    Thumbs up never say die!

    Quote Originally Posted by marielea
    thanks for the replies. i didn't realize it was already discussed....oops.
    i was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year before my accident. i guess thats suppose to shorten the life span as well. guess i might be screwed!! lol .
    we can't truly ''live'' if we worry about dying. i say spit death in the face and get on doing what you were born to do. i got lynnifer beat....i made it to 3 decades and 6 years in a chair. i'm 51 now and just waiting anxiously for them to do their magic on me and give me a little quality of life back.
    remember james allen's words........
    circumstances don't make the man they reveal him.

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    I don't see where today a persons lifespan is shortened by sci. I was paralyzed in 1968 at 12 years old and my family was told I wouldn't live more than a few years. I guess the the important thing is to try to keep in shape and be proactive in reducing uti's and pressure sores. There has been so much change in 4 decades especially in attitudes where care and cure are concerned, and for the better. Be positive and you may just be pleasantly surprised in a few years.

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    I am 36 years post and I am out everyday as long as it's no snow. Wheeling 3-5 km nearly everyday.

    But I met a woman last years in her 80ies and she was post 57 years so I don't have plan to leave this planet yet. The woman has had a manuell chair for more than 50 years but now she had switch to an electric one a few years ago. And moved to a nursing home.
    TH 12, 43 years post

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    Sept 21 is the 21yr marker for me. And most of it has been up hill. Liveing is what I'm talking about. I'm to busy liveing to think about dieing.

    c-5 c-6 incomplete.

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