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How do most patients learn the nature of their spinal cord injury and what it means?

How do most patients learn the nature of their spinal cord injury and what it means?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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We often find that there's a learning moment, and you can't quite get to that learning moment if the person is not ready to hear you. And usually, I have found, that fear is what gets in your way. It's a very frightening thing to be faced... Show More

We often find that there's a learning moment, and you can't quite get to that learning moment if the person is not ready to hear you. And usually, I have found, that fear is what gets in your way. It's a very frightening thing to be faced with a spinal cord injury; your life is changed in an instant. It's like someone takes a rug and just pulls it right out from underneath you, and now you're left with a whole new situation. Nobody asks for that, it just happens. And, it can be scary, you don't know the future. And particularly if you've never had experience with someone with a spinal cord injury, or had an opportunity to see the possibilities of life beyond spinal cord injury, it can be pretty scary.

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How do most patients learn the nature of their spinal cord injury and what it means?

Kristine Cichowski, MS

Founding Director, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by Kristine Cichowski
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We often find that there's a learning moment, and you can't quite get to that learning moment if the person is not ready to hear you. And usually, I have found, that fear is what gets in your way. It's a very frightening thing to be faced with a spinal cord injury; your life is changed in an instant. It's like someone takes a rug and just pulls it right out from underneath you, and now you're left with a whole new situation. Nobody asks for that, it just happens. And, it can be scary, you don't know the future. And particularly if you've never had experience with someone with a spinal cord injury, or had an opportunity to see the possibilities of life beyond spinal cord injury, it can be pretty scary.

How do most patients learn the nature of their spinal cord injury and what it means?
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