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Mark – How did you handle going back to work?

Mark – How did you handle going back to work?

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For me, it was an interesting question to go back to work.  I kept being asked, certainly by an insurance company, when are you going to go back to work?  In my case, I had no work to go back to, which made it even more complicated, because we clos... Show More

For me, it was an interesting question to go back to work.  I kept being asked, certainly by an insurance company, when are you going to go back to work?  In my case, I had no work to go back to, which made it even more complicated, because we closed my jewelry store three months after this happened.  So, it really became a case of not just when to go back to work, but what did I want to do with my life?  That was not a quick, easy question to answer.  So, I spent a lot the time after my injury doing lots of things, volunteering, trying things out.  I did a lot of public speaking at the hospital that I was treated at, did some work in fundraising, and some other volunteer work until I could really think of what I might want to do next.  My work as a volunteer fundraiser at here at Magee was pretty successful.  I guess they figured, as we joke around 12 years later and say, “I guess I did a pretty good job as a volunteer, what I could do if they paid me?”  And, almost 12 years later, it’s been a great second career for me.  I get the opportunity to raise money to help people changes lives, and I get to see the impact of the work I do every single day.  

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Mark – How did you handle going back to work?

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Injured in 1996 at age 28, paraplegic
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For me, it was an interesting question to go back to work.  I kept being asked, certainly by an insurance company, when are you going to go back to work?  In my case, I had no work to go back to, which made it even more complicated, because we closed my jewelry store three months after this happened.  So, it really became a case of not just when to go back to work, but what did I want to do with my life?  That was not a quick, easy question to answer.  So, I spent a lot the time after my injury doing lots of things, volunteering, trying things out.  I did a lot of public speaking at the hospital that I was treated at, did some work in fundraising, and some other volunteer work until I could really think of what I might want to do next.  My work as a volunteer fundraiser at here at Magee was pretty successful.  I guess they figured, as we joke around 12 years later and say, “I guess I did a pretty good job as a volunteer, what I could do if they paid me?”  And, almost 12 years later, it’s been a great second career for me.  I get the opportunity to raise money to help people changes lives, and I get to see the impact of the work I do every single day.  

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