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

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

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What I’ve come to realize, and even here, my work here, is the sooner people claim their identity, the faster they go, and the more places they go and the more things they do. And what I mean by that is, you know, instead of resisting my spinal cor... Show More

What I’ve come to realize, and even here, my work here, is the sooner people claim their identity, the faster they go, and the more places they go and the more things they do. And what I mean by that is, you know, instead of resisting my spinal cord injury, or resisting my disability, I embraced it. And as soon as I, and I didn’t really know I was doing that back then, but even now, you know, I’ve studied everything from, you know, identity, politics to culture, to community and stuff. So, what I began to realize was that I was beginning to slowly, reluctantly, in the beginning, embrace my disability as part of who I am. And when I did that, you know, a whole another world opened up. 

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

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Injured in 1981 at age 19, quadriplegic
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What I’ve come to realize, and even here, my work here, is the sooner people claim their identity, the faster they go, and the more places they go and the more things they do. And what I mean by that is, you know, instead of resisting my spinal cord injury, or resisting my disability, I embraced it. And as soon as I, and I didn’t really know I was doing that back then, but even now, you know, I’ve studied everything from, you know, identity, politics to culture, to community and stuff. So, what I began to realize was that I was beginning to slowly, reluctantly, in the beginning, embrace my disability as part of who I am. And when I did that, you know, a whole another world opened up. 

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