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Pete – What kind of work do you do?

Pete – What kind of work do you do?

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I work at Shepherd Center. I work in our peer mentoring program called ‘Peer Support’. I stay in touch with community members who’ve been living with spinal cord injuries so that as new patients come through the center for rehab, our goal is to... Show More

I work at Shepherd Center. I work in our peer mentoring program called ‘Peer Support’. I stay in touch with community members who’ve been living with spinal cord injuries so that as new patients come through the center for rehab, our goal is to connect them with these community members, who represent their potential futures. Of course, we don’t have a crystal ball that says exactly what this person’s future is going to be. But if we can give them an example of their potential future, it gives a sort of a dangling carrot. That’s my goal. These are the things that I can achieve and I feel like it’s inspirational for a lot of people to see that other people with spinal cord injuries are carrying on. And hopefully it gives them a vision that they can carry with them, so that when they get home, when they’re going through their culture shock, that they can reflect on these moments and even have a point of contact to reach out to.

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Pete – What kind of work do you do?

Pete

Injured in 2004 at age 33, paraplegic
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I work at Shepherd Center. I work in our peer mentoring program called ‘Peer Support’. I stay in touch with community members who’ve been living with spinal cord injuries so that as new patients come through the center for rehab, our goal is to connect them with these community members, who represent their potential futures. Of course, we don’t have a crystal ball that says exactly what this person’s future is going to be. But if we can give them an example of their potential future, it gives a sort of a dangling carrot. That’s my goal. These are the things that I can achieve and I feel like it’s inspirational for a lot of people to see that other people with spinal cord injuries are carrying on. And hopefully it gives them a vision that they can carry with them, so that when they get home, when they’re going through their culture shock, that they can reflect on these moments and even have a point of contact to reach out to.

Pete – What kind of work do you do?
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