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Darren – How did you deal with stress at first?

Darren – How did you deal with stress at first?

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I think I just withdrew.  My thing was like, “Get all the doctors away from me, get all these guys telling me I’m never going to walk away from me.  I want to surround myself with friends; I want to surround myself with, like, p... Show More

I think I just withdrew.  My thing was like, “Get all the doctors away from me, get all these guys telling me I’m never going to walk away from me.  I want to surround myself with friends; I want to surround myself with, like, positive energy.”  And so we did, like, all this crazy healing stuff, and I just watched comedies all the time, and watched all my sports.  And said, “Look, I have the rest of myself to be wrong, I have the rest of my life to live in a wheelchair.”—“I’m never going to walk,” and all these cliché phrases that they use.  So it was like, “That’s me, that’s my future.  Fine, but let me come to that when I’m ready to come to that, and I’m going to spend all my time trying to get better.”  And that’s what I did, and, you know I just, that’s how dealt with the stress I think.  I hated the drugs, because the drugs made me crazy.  I had these really bad nightmares, and so I just tried to stay off that, and stay really focused on just healing.  

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Darren – How did you deal with stress at first?

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Injured in 1993 at age 20, quadriplegic
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I think I just withdrew.  My thing was like, “Get all the doctors away from me, get all these guys telling me I’m never going to walk away from me.  I want to surround myself with friends; I want to surround myself with, like, positive energy.”  And so we did, like, all this crazy healing stuff, and I just watched comedies all the time, and watched all my sports.  And said, “Look, I have the rest of myself to be wrong, I have the rest of my life to live in a wheelchair.”—“I’m never going to walk,” and all these cliché phrases that they use.  So it was like, “That’s me, that’s my future.  Fine, but let me come to that when I’m ready to come to that, and I’m going to spend all my time trying to get better.”  And that’s what I did, and, you know I just, that’s how dealt with the stress I think.  I hated the drugs, because the drugs made me crazy.  I had these really bad nightmares, and so I just tried to stay off that, and stay really focused on just healing.  

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