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Molly – How have your family relationships changed?

Molly – How have your family relationships changed?

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My relationships with my family members immediately after I got hurt definitely changed.  It was really hard on my mom especially I think.  That was partially because she was a doctor and she understood what was going on.  And, I think... Show More

My relationships with my family members immediately after I got hurt definitely changed.  It was really hard on my mom especially I think.  That was partially because she was a doctor and she understood what was going on.  And, I think while I was looking at the immediate future thinking, “How am I going to get back to school?”—“What are we going to do with my friends?” She, I think, was looking a lot further out, and I think that’s part of what made it difficult for her.  It was also really hard on my twin brother.  We did a lot of things together before I got hurt.  We both ran cross-country; we would take the bus to school together, work on our homework together.  And, there were a lot of things that we did that we weren’t going to be able to do afterwards.  We played a lot of basketball together, and hung out outside, stuff like that.  So, I think for him it was hard thinking, “What are we going to do now?” and “How are we going to do that?”  My little brother, he kind of took on the silent role where he was always thinking of what I needed before I would ask.  So, he would pick up stuff that I dropped before I asked him to, he would bring me tea, he’d move my books around.   He was kind of like the little silent guy in the background, but he always knew what I needed, sometime before I even knew I needed it.  And, he did a great job of making me not feel like I was a burden to him, and he never acted like it was a huge pain to help me out, he acted like it was not a big deal.  And I think now my family is a lot closer.  We were close before, but I think something like this—at this point, my family is really close and I know that no matter what happens, they’re going to be there.  That’s a great feeling, you can’t ask for any more than that.

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Molly – How have your family relationships changed?

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Injured in 2005 at age 15, quadriplegic
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My relationships with my family members immediately after I got hurt definitely changed.  It was really hard on my mom especially I think.  That was partially because she was a doctor and she understood what was going on.  And, I think while I was looking at the immediate future thinking, “How am I going to get back to school?”—“What are we going to do with my friends?” She, I think, was looking a lot further out, and I think that’s part of what made it difficult for her.  It was also really hard on my twin brother.  We did a lot of things together before I got hurt.  We both ran cross-country; we would take the bus to school together, work on our homework together.  And, there were a lot of things that we did that we weren’t going to be able to do afterwards.  We played a lot of basketball together, and hung out outside, stuff like that.  So, I think for him it was hard thinking, “What are we going to do now?” and “How are we going to do that?”  My little brother, he kind of took on the silent role where he was always thinking of what I needed before I would ask.  So, he would pick up stuff that I dropped before I asked him to, he would bring me tea, he’d move my books around.   He was kind of like the little silent guy in the background, but he always knew what I needed, sometime before I even knew I needed it.  And, he did a great job of making me not feel like I was a burden to him, and he never acted like it was a huge pain to help me out, he acted like it was not a big deal.  And I think now my family is a lot closer.  We were close before, but I think something like this—at this point, my family is really close and I know that no matter what happens, they’re going to be there.  That’s a great feeling, you can’t ask for any more than that.

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