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I Am a Paraplegic

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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, 2014

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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 7 Responses Apr 12, 2014

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

    accident in 06 and use a wheelchair
    karinawheels karinawheels 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 23, 2014

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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 10 Responses Sep 1, 2012

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    iam 23 old boy i have bike accident

    before 3 year. after my accident i soo dipresd.but now im happy becuse i start walking.feling awesome
    mangals231992 mangals231992 22-25 Dec 18, 2014

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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, 2014

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    T5 Paraplegic

    hello people im t5 paraplegic looking for some paraplegic friends hit me up new to this
    edd510 edd510 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    Wheelchairs? What's the first word

    that comes to your mind? I'll start, ****!!! Your turn.
    captncordy captncordy 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 10

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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 2 Responses Aug 10, 2014

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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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    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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    After talking to some friends,

    I'm feeling better about myself. I'm thankful for what I have right now. Great being surrounded by people who love me.
    karinawheels karinawheels 26-30, F Nov 24, 2014

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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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    "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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    its been 5 years since my injury

    and I am still exercising regularly and waiting and hoping that one day this will all be over. I am T10 - L1 complete paraplegic. it just happened withing a few days...just like this, with a back pain..a bad back ache and in time it got worse,, and withing 4-5 days I lost...
    pranav088 pranav088 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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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 7 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    Ok so a strange thing happened to me over the

    weekend. I was at the supermarket with my mum getting stuff for my bday party this weekend and as we were coming out the front door, this lady walks in as i'm going out. Jokingly my mum says to the woman " oh he didn't let you go first. that wasn't much of a gentleman, was it...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Dec 7, 2014

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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 7 Responses Apr 7, 2013

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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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    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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    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 6 Responses Nov 7, 2013

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 10 Responses Jan 8, 2013

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    after my accident i shocked becuse my leg is

    not working i cant able walking i soo dipressed i discide i going to home and one day i kill my self.but day by day my mom carrying me and motivate me.after 3 year iam soo confident and i going to complit my dream. i want see my family happy my dad worried about my future but...
    mangals231992 mangals231992 22-25 Dec 19, 2014

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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 2 Responses Aug 10, 2014

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    Wheelchair access mapped on net!

    This is a great idea...maps of wheelchair access. It beats calling each place you want to go! http://www.axsmap.com/
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    after my accident i shocked becuse my leg is

    not working i cant able walking i soo dipressed i discide i going to home and one day i kill my self.but day by day my mom carrying me and motivate me.after 3 year iam soo confident and i going to complit my dream. i want see my family happy my dad worried about my future but...
    mangals231992 mangals231992 22-25 Dec 19, 2014

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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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    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 29 Responses Mar 12, 2009

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    after my accident i shocked becuse my leg is

    not working i cant able walking i soo dipressed i discide i going to home and one day i kill my self.but day by day my mom carrying me and motivate me.after 3 year iam soo confident and i going to complit my dream. i want see my family happy my dad worried about my future but...
    mangals231992 mangals231992 22-25 Dec 19, 2014

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    iam 23 old boy i have bike accident

    before 3 year. after my accident i soo dipresd.but now im happy becuse i start walking.feling awesome
    mangals231992 mangals231992 22-25 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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 12 Responses Nov 3, 2011

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    Hello................

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    captncordy captncordy 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 10

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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    after my accident i shocked becuse my leg is

    not working i cant able walking i soo dipressed i discide i going to home and one day i kill my self.but day by day my mom carrying me and motivate me.after 3 year iam soo confident and i going to complit my dream. i want see my family happy my dad worried about my future but...
    mangals231992 mangals231992 22-25 Dec 19, 2014

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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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    willykid1 willykid1 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 4, 2014

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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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    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 61-65, M Dec 10, 2013

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    Travel

    I just flew from a big US city to another city, Miami, and then on a small plane to my home. Travel as a paraplegic has been the most humiliating thing in my life; I felt like a sack of potatoes.
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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    Feeling a little depressed right now.

    Tomorrow is an anniversary I would love to forget. Tomorrow makes 8 yrs since an auto accident (thanks to a drunk driver) that left me a T9 para.
    karinawheels karinawheels 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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