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Q&A: What was the hardest part of rehabilitation?

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Q: What was the hardest part of rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is a rigorous process. After physical and psychological evaluations, each spinal cord injury patient is given a personalized treatment plan. The treatment plans are designed to continuously challenge the patients moving ever closer to independence. 

Newly injured patients often start rehabilitation programs feeling desperate to get back to normal. It is difficult for many to accept that they will have to find a “new normal” — developing new ways to accomplish even the simplest tasks of daily life, such as bathing, dressing, eating and managing bowel and bladder programs. The process is full of frustrations and small victories. 

We asked 100 men and women living with spinal cord injuries to recall the hardest part of their rehabilitation. Watch their best answers in the videos below. 

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