Whether or not they say it out loud: “Will I still be able to have children?” is a common worry for men with new spinal cord injuries.
Recently, the dream of having a family was fulfilled for Darren, who was injured in 1993 and married in 1996, when his wife gave birth to a beautiful pair of twins, a boy and a girl.
Darren and his wife decided to give each child a middle name from Homer’s epic “The Odyssey.” Darren explains that they did that to remind their children that “it’s important to appreciate what you have instead of lamenting what you don’t, and to remember that life is a journey worth celebrating along the way.”
If you’re wondering: “How does a spinal cord injury affect male fertility?”Take a look at the detailed answer from Diane Rowles, an expert in sex and fertility at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
So what’s ahead for Darren as a father? Here are some voices of experience on our website from parents with spinal cord injuries and their spouses: “How has the injury affected your parenting?” Click here to hear more from Darren.
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