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I Am a Paraplegic

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    T5 Paraplegic

    hello people im t5 paraplegic looking for some paraplegic friends hit me up new to this
    edd510 edd510 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    I am an L1 paraplegic living in the United

    Kingdom. My injury was as a result of a motorcycle accident forty years ago. I have limited lower limb movement, use a manual wheelchair and am confident and happy with my life. I dont allow my disability preventing me from indulging in my love of the outdoors and all terrain...
    johnk9 johnk9 56-60, M Dec 10, 2013

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    Just Trying To Live My Life

    Hi all. I am a 33 year old T10 paraplegic. I have been like this for 10 years. I fell asleep at the wheel of my car and severed my spinal cord in the accident. Gladly though I ran off the road and not into another car so no one else was injured. I have been like this for 10 years...
    rolling1dayatatime rolling1dayatatime 31-35 1 Response Jun 21, 2013

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    Talk To Me I Talk Back

    well im a 30yr.old male nwheelchair was shot nov 30th,2010 L1 incomplete paraplegic  tattoo artist really new to all this just wanted to find a place where i could meet an speak to some people like myself.plus new to this site i never been on any site like this so if you could...
    strng strng 31-35, M 9 Responses Apr 26, 2011

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    Dec 29 2009

    Hey im 26 ive been a paraplegic for 3yrs now. Drinking and driving was one of the reasons. The main was letting my mind get to me. Its hard because I still feel that one day i will get up and walk again. I need a hobby I need something to do and to get out of the bed more often...
    Telfia Telfia 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 27, 2013

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    I was born with the birth defect called Spina

    bifida and am in a wheelchair because of being a paraplegic because of it
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 22

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    Please Read This

    Hi everybody,              I am 26 years old paraplegic from India. I had an accident in 2006 july. It was a car accident. I got a complete spinal cord injury in d-6,d-7 level. I am facing this situation with a big smile and intension. I am...
    gokulretnakar gokulretnakar 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 22, 2010

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    Has It Really Been 4 Years?

    A week before my accident, I had a moment I'll never forget. At the time I was working at a new job I absolutely loved. I actually looked forward to getting up and going to work In the mornings! Three weeks prior to that, the person who became the love of my life invited me to...
    Anewgrandma Anewgrandma 46-50, F 6 Responses Dec 22, 2012

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    I Miss Walking!!

    I walked into the doctors office 6yrs ago with a backache and didn't go back home for 2 months. It happened on 6/7/07, I had a backache for a few days prior and made a doctors appt. While at my doctors appt I started to feel really bad. I broke out in a cold sweat and couldn't...
    reallyredd reallyredd 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 17, 2013

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    Bladder Problems

    I am a paralyzed t-4. I have bladder problems I leak a lot, during the day I have to wear briefs now I take oxybutynin 15 mg once a day. I had a pressure ulcer that went to my tailbone. Had surgery and a skin flap they put a folie catherder in for 2 weeks now I do it on my own...
    Hawaiian10 Hawaiian10 36-40, M 3 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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    I'M A Lonely Paralegic

    When I became a paraplegic, my friends quit coming, my marriage fell apart. I have my bank account, the house the trucks, cars, my hunting property, I live in Colorado and the V.A pays my medical. So what, I joined the lonely, depressed crowd. Can't move from belly button down...
    armamputate armamputate 56-60, M 1 Response May 26, 2013

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    i'm a para t-7 for 28yrs ,

    but the last 5 the bowel program got even harder with unproductive programs and more bowel accidents so i started taking laxatives and digging the stool out for a hour plus . i hear it gets worse with age so i have thought about getting a clostomy . can anyone tell me the good...
    willykid1 willykid1 46-50, M 3 Responses Mar 27

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    Why Complicate Life

    In a weeks time, it will be 9 months of this new chapter in my life. 9 months living as a paraplegic. They say everything happens for a reason, I wish I knew what that reason was. On the 7th December 2012 I was out enjoying my works Christmas meal when disaster struck and I...
    Stav88 Stav88 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 1, 2013

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    I'm getting sick of hearing people say "well,

    at least you're still alive," and "it wasn't you're time," or "you were meant to live." NO, I was meant to die. some Dr brought me back. I got shot, point blank, in the back. I bled out on the ground. I was dead and I didn't mind at all. I didn't know the difference...until I...
    wrothpariah wrothpariah 31-35, M Aug 10

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    Paraplegia Due To Motorcycle Accident

    I had experience riding/driving motor vehicles since the age of five. Starting out on a 1985 Honda TRX 125 four-wheeler, driving my parents stick-shift cars on the farm and by the age of twelve trading up to a two-stroke 1993 Honda CR 125 motorcross bike. I knew how to ride...
    jjs7g jjs7g 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 19, 2010

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    Learningtowheel.Blogspot.Com

    Hi, My name is Lauren Staveley, age 24. On 7th December 2012 I had an accident which has left me with an injury of T12 Complete and now in a wheelchair. The above title "learningtowheel.blogspot.com" tells my story right from the beginning, my sister wrote the first few chapters...
    Stav88 Stav88 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 16, 2013

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    A Fine Fall Day

    A beautiful fall Saturday. Two sorority sisters from my university days and three of my good friends are gong to hike into the woods and climb to a small summit to look at the colors. An easy climb, a terrific view. A picnic is packed, sourdough bread I baked last night, cold...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 8 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    My Life Changed in Seconds....

    It happened July 24, 2009 on a nice windy Friday night. I had just come from a nice outing with my boyfriend, my mom and her boyfriend. When we got home (We all live in the same apt building) it was only 9pm so my boyfriend, 2 friends and i just stood outside like we...
    Airrika Airrika 26-30, F 20 Responses Nov 29, 2009

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    It's my life - I’m a T4-5 paraplegic.

    Basically, I have no memory about the moment of accident. The time I woke up was the next day after the surgery was done. The accident happened on 9 May 2001. I played basketball with schoolmates after school as usual. We just played for 15 minutes and I went home due to sudden...
    cch86119 cch86119 26-30, M 2 Responses Feb 15

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    What the hell is differently abled?

    ?? Has anyone seen me fly in my superman boxers or smelt my strawberry flavored fart???? How am I differently abled when I do most of the things like any other person. I hate when people try hard to be politically correct or fake, I don't mind if someone refers me as a...
    patelville patelville 36-40, M May 27

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    Still New To This

    My boyfriend Billy and I were in a horrific car accident. We were taking a cab home that night cause we were drinking too much. We weren't wearing seatbelts at the time because we were pretty drunk. Well sure enough, the cab got plowed on the front drivers side. The cab...
    Rollergirl77 Rollergirl77 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2013

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    Final Comments On Walking With Braces

    The answer is: that walking is definitely worth it. And not as hard as it seems at first. Here’s what I learned: 1/ You have to have a low enough level of injury to make it medically possible. 2/ You have to be in super shape before the accident. That means thin and muscular...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 3 Responses May 19, 2013

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    Colostomy For Sci

    Just a brief note, that I had this operation , see http://www.craighospital.org/sci/METS/colostomies.asp, and that it made a very big difference for me. It was the best thing I could have done. If anyone wants more info, write/comment/ call me.
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 11 Responses Nov 3, 2011

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    I'm a T9 (complete) paraplegic from an auto

    accident in 06 and use a wheelchair
    karinawheels karinawheels 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 23

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    "The Twilight Zone"

    To keep it short and simple, I was shot in the back while at a new years eve party about 12:15 am January 1,1995. Left me in a wheelchair. Ever since then it's been like I'm in "The Twilight Zone". To answer any potential questions, It was a drive-by shooting, "they" shot up the...
    XPUNCHX XPUNCHX 36-40, M 5 Responses Mar 29, 2013

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    I had an accident when I raced Moto-x bike

    when I was 17 that was in 1982, a life changing moment. I came of my bike breaking my spine and damaging my spinal cord. In many ways it has made me a better man I can now look at things in a totally different way. I can see what is possible, there are ways and means to do...
    Wheels64 Wheels64 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 10

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    My brother had a spinal injury in 1999.

    He fractured his skull, neck, Pevis, leg, and broke his back L1-L2. His lungs collapsed and was bleeding from his spleen. He lost lots of blood, was given 11 bags of blood the first hour at the hospital. He has spinal surgery and had his spine fused together with donor bone and...
    Lupy1515 Lupy1515 36-40 1 Response Mar 4

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    willykid1 willykid1 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 4

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    Living The Dream... As A Paraplegic!!!

    If you were to greet me anywhere in regards to my well being, with the exception of in a capsized yacht in the middle of the night amidst one of our world's greatest oceans, the reply you would most certainly receive is: "I am living the dream!" In life, the universe certainly...
    jonmartins jonmartins 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 23, 2013

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    Starting Anew

    So, 8 years ago I was diagnosed with MS. I was treated for MS up until a few months ago. My leg muscles contracted and my legs are at a constant 90 degree angle. Today I was told I most likely have hereditary spastic paraplegia. I know that most of the users on this site had...
    ashleyrpipins85 ashleyrpipins85 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 2013

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    PARA Walking

    I've gotten 17 e mails from people about the walking experience. The common question is: what does it feel like? Any other questions to answer before I take the time for a detailed reply?
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F Sep 20, 2013

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    Question About Para Walking

    I’d really like to learn if anyone has had any experience, personally or through friends, with walking with braces. This summer I met a para like myself, in good shape, thin, petite with good arm muscles. She was able to walk with braces for some distance, though she used a...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 11 Responses Jan 8, 2013

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    Trying To Cope

    My name is Charlotte. I'm 25 and a single mother. I was in a dirt bike accident just 3 weeks ago. I woke up in the hospital unable to feel anything below my breasts. The doctors say I have a C6 SCI. I'm really struggling with coping with all of this. My friends and family are...
    charlotte415 charlotte415 22-25, F 9 Responses Sep 1, 2012

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    I really want a full discussion of the details

    of walking. Please see my new group "paraplegics who walk"
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F Jul 13

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    Paraplegic Would Like To Make Friends

    I have been a paraplegic for several years. I would like to make new friends, give support and in return get support. I am a victim of a drunk driver. I got hit by a drunk driver that left me a paraplegic. I am a T10, I feel from the waist down. I would really like to get support...
    Graypoem4 Graypoem4 41-45, F 5 Responses Oct 29, 2012

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    24/7 Paraplegia

    In '07, I kept falling down and ended up in the local hospital, which was hell,undergoing test after test, until they discovered what was wrong. Some staff infection was eating my thoracic spine, specifically T7 & T8. It devoured bone mass and all completing devouring my 7th and...
    lynnpwest lynnpwest 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 4, 2012

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    Call Me Experienced

    My story begins in 1989. I walked for 29 crazy years. Mine was a freak thing. I had a hidden birth defect that showed up out of nowhere. I've been in 3 different nursing homes due to pressure ulcers. My last stay i had to wheel around on a cart on my belly for over a year. I have...
    missbec50 missbec50 51-55, F Sep 27, 2013

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    New To This

    I was in a really bad truck wreck that killed 4 of my friends. I am the only survivor that got paralyzed. it happened on 7-14-13. if any of you have inspiring words or anything you could tell me to help would be greatly appreciated. iv been in this chair for almost 3 months now...
    bethk94 bethk94 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 7, 2013

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    Survived And Thrived

    I've about two years out from my accident and have dealt with the whole gamut of problems..I think I am 100% back to being OK. Anyone who wants to be friends or chat please write or add me.!!
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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    Only Been A Year

    I was the passenger in my boyfriends pick-up truck when he rolled the vehicle after we had been drinking. Of course, I was injured the worst...I fractured T11-L1 and had a severe burst fracture of my L1 vertebra that left my spinal cord 80% compromised. I was diagnosed with L4...
    kide10 kide10 22-25 1 Response Sep 19, 2013

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    Update On Para Walking.The Most Exhilarating Day Of My Life: Lessons Learned And Shared.

    Last night I went out on a date without using my wheelchair at all. Walked from start to finish. It was the best night of my life. Moving and seeing and talking at eye level, sitting at a seat in a restaurant rather than have someone move the chairs out of the way so my...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 8 Responses Apr 7, 2013

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    I am a 29 year old T-9 complete paraplegic

    female. I take a dose of MiraLax each evening, then I spend 2-3 hours each morning using the dig-stim process to move my bowels. If I am unsuccessful my legs swell terribly and I spend the majority of the day laying in bed with terrible leg pain. Does anyone have any other...
    BlessedAna84 BlessedAna84 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 12

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    Everything Happens For A Reason?

    Everything happens for reason? Oh, wow. In the beginning, no other statement could infuriate me more. Not solely because of my situation, but because it brought to mind other, far more devastating tragedies people have had to endure. Or not been able to endure. I'm not trying to...
    Anewgrandma Anewgrandma 46-50, F 3 Responses Dec 29, 2012

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    Car Wreck At 17

    When I was 17 I was a bit of a wild child and was out partying with some friends, blacked out form drinking (first time) don`t remember getting in the passengers seat of a car. The girl driving was drunk, she hit a fence passed out after that and woke up doing 55 in a 35 zone...
    Susan341 Susan341 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 9, 2012

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    Has It Really Been 4 Years?

    A week before my accident, I had a moment I'll never forget. At the time I was working at a new job I absolutely loved. I actually looked forward to getting up and going to work In the mornings! Three weeks prior to that, the person who became the love of my life invited me to...
    Anewgrandma Anewgrandma 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 22, 2012

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    My Partner Is Paraplegic (2 Years Now)

    I am not paraplegic, however 2 1/2 years ago my girlfriend did become paralyzed from the ribs down. The doctors said it was from an absest that grew on her spine.  I remember it all very well, it was January of 2006 and my girlfriend was able to walk just like she had for...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Apr 29, 2008

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    Making it Happen Today I went down to the marina

    where a friend of mine had docked. He got a tow the other day because he went sailing and then realized he had no engine. Daft little punk. He rang me earlier this morning moaning of his troubles and that he was supposed to take out his fiance's parents. I couldn't help but...
    Triscuitan Triscuitan 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 4

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    Dove's Broken Wings

    Hello Everyone On April 17th, 2008 I was in a near fatal car accident after having been slipped some kind of "knock out" in a drink at my workplace.  Got in my vehicle (no memories of this at all) never put my seatbelt on (totally untold of for me) and within a...
    faithfuldove faithfuldove 46-50, F 30 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    Unperfect Angel

    I am a paraplegic...In January of 2002, I was a typical 21-year-old livin life in the fast lane when God decided to slow me down. I was in a near-fatal car accident that changed my life...forever. It was January 20, 2002, a cold and icy day..a slippery one on the streets, when...
    UnperfectAngel UnperfectAngel 26-30, F 16 Responses Oct 5, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    And WOW what a crazy full of energy and sexy woman she is. Don't know if there is a relationship there or not but as far as first dates go.. This one was wild and fun. Not going...
    HeFeedee HeFeedee 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 30

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    Bonnie: Somebody save him, he can't swim! Peter: Oh, he's not even kicking. Kick Joe, kick. Lois: Peter, he's a paraplegic! Peter: That doesn't mean he can't hear. Kick Joe, kick...
    quaggmire quaggmire 31-35, M Aug 31

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    In six days time I will be officially old. On my 65th birthday I will become eligible for my 'Old age pension'. They do not of course call it Old age pension, heaven forbid! that...
    AlmostAristotle AlmostAristotle 61-65, M 3 Responses Sep 3

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    Spiritual healer Sometimes cruelty is like putting a delicate sheet through a rough washing machine. Eventually the sheet rips and tears. Cold words. Lack of understating...
    faerylight faerylight 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 5

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