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Adapting to a Spinal Cord Injury Over Time
Personal Experiences with Paralysis

After a spinal cord injury, many individuals have to relearn how to operate in daily life. Whether it’s getting out of bed and bathing, to cooking and cleaning, the skills needed to complete these tasks take time.

In rehabilitation, patients learn how to perform their daily routines from a wheelchair – including wheelchair transfers, cooking, eating, grooming, learning to use adaptive equipment and assistive technology.

Many report feeling overwhelmed at first, but with time and practice feel that they are just as productive as they were before paralysis. The individuals below share how they overcame what once felt impossible.