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    Senior Member iskumbro's Avatar
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    I remember that I asked my doctor with regards how long will I live;
    I am 33-years-old.
    I am an sci and an ostomate, with lung problems...
    similarly he told me that I can live long too needless of all the sicknesses

    only if there are complications that may arise.
    just watch out for such complications like
    pneumonia, kidney problems etc and maybe depression
    He ai'nt heavy, he is my brother!
    Rufus Wainright

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    as was stated above, the lifea expectancy of SCI folks is approaching that of AB individuals. The effects of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease,etc will take their toll on obth groups.

    The best thing you can do is to reduce any risks that come from lifestyle or preventable things such as -get your weight to ideal as best you can, don't smoke, eat healthfully, keep as active as possible, avoid excessive alcohol and keep balance and meaningful relationships in your life. Stay in touch with your body adn report changes early. Very important is to get annual checkups that test for those other diseases that may can have a better outcome if detected early. Nothing like rocket science, just good common principles.

    Hope this helps.


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    Senior Member Robynbird569's Avatar
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    I remember when my daughter first got injured, someone told me the life expectancy for SCI was 10 years. Now isnt that something nice to hear while your child is laying in the hospital. Didnt take me long to know that isnt true. I dont think about life expectency. You worry about that and miss life itself. I know with SCI you have to be a little more cautous about things, but dont let it control your life worrying about something that will happen to everyone at some time in their life.

    Stay safe my son. See you around thanksgiving!

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