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Harry – What’s the best advice you have for others in your situation?

Harry – What’s the best advice you have for others in your situation?

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Accessibility in the rest of the world is much better now than it was when I injured.  And so, you really can get on with your life, and you need to, really sort of suck it up and get on with your life.  It’s sort of a cliché, ... Show More

Accessibility in the rest of the world is much better now than it was when I injured.  And so, you really can get on with your life, and you need to, really sort of suck it up and get on with your life.  It’s sort of a cliché, life is what you make of it, but it’s really true, and it’s hard to believe in the early stages.  Sort of, and you can say “oh, have faith.”  You know, I’m not a particularly religious person, so that term sort of rubs me the wrong way.  But, the most important thing I think you can do as a person with a new injury, when you get a chance, is to connect with other people that have been injured for a while.  The notion of what is called “peer support”— talking with and seeing other people with spinal injuries gotten on with their lives and doing all kinds of amazing things, can give you the confidence to get back out there yourself.   

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Harry – What’s the best advice you have for others in your situation?

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Injured in 1974 at age 19, quadriplegic
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Accessibility in the rest of the world is much better now than it was when I injured.  And so, you really can get on with your life, and you need to, really sort of suck it up and get on with your life.  It’s sort of a cliché, life is what you make of it, but it’s really true, and it’s hard to believe in the early stages.  Sort of, and you can say “oh, have faith.”  You know, I’m not a particularly religious person, so that term sort of rubs me the wrong way.  But, the most important thing I think you can do as a person with a new injury, when you get a chance, is to connect with other people that have been injured for a while.  The notion of what is called “peer support”— talking with and seeing other people with spinal injuries gotten on with their lives and doing all kinds of amazing things, can give you the confidence to get back out there yourself.   

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