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Marie – What do you wish you had known at the beginning?

Marie – What do you wish you had known at the beginning?

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Life will go on.  I made a lot of assumptions in the beginning that my expectations should not be what they were before my accident.  I carried around certain stereotypes of people with disabilities—didn’t have families, didn&rs... Show More

Life will go on.  I made a lot of assumptions in the beginning that my expectations should not be what they were before my accident.  I carried around certain stereotypes of people with disabilities—didn’t have families, didn’t have husbands, and spouses, and those kinds of things.  I really tried to push my own husband away from me to try to protect him, but did it cause a lot of problems?  Early on, probably.  I was pushing away in the beginning and then needed him so much the next day.  I’m sure the poor man was going through so much.  So, looking back now, I wish I had kept my expectations where they should’ve been and just charged forward.  It would have been nice to know that now, how content I am now, that I would be able to get that someday again.  Because in the beginning, you don’t think you’re going to be a content, happy person for the most part.  This will always be an overwhelming challenge that you won’t be able to get over, and then I was wrong.  

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Marie – What do you wish you had known at the beginning?

Marie

Injured in 1998 at age 22, quadriplegic
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Life will go on.  I made a lot of assumptions in the beginning that my expectations should not be what they were before my accident.  I carried around certain stereotypes of people with disabilities—didn’t have families, didn’t have husbands, and spouses, and those kinds of things.  I really tried to push my own husband away from me to try to protect him, but did it cause a lot of problems?  Early on, probably.  I was pushing away in the beginning and then needed him so much the next day.  I’m sure the poor man was going through so much.  So, looking back now, I wish I had kept my expectations where they should’ve been and just charged forward.  It would have been nice to know that now, how content I am now, that I would be able to get that someday again.  Because in the beginning, you don’t think you’re going to be a content, happy person for the most part.  This will always be an overwhelming challenge that you won’t be able to get over, and then I was wrong.  

Marie – What do you wish you had known at the beginning?
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