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

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

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People need to keep their drive. They can’t go home from the hospital and get, I wouldn’t say lazy, but they need to realize that you’re not going to learn things by not doing them. So, you have to if there’s something that you want, you have... Show More

People need to keep their drive. They can’t go home from the hospital and get, I wouldn’t say lazy, but they need to realize that you’re not going to learn things by not doing them. So, you have to if there’s something that you want, you have to try to push that envelope and be willing to try. One of my biggest things was I wanted to be able to get off the floor, the ground because I didn’t want to. It was a point of pride because I knew other people who could do it and I thought, “well, if they can do it, then I’d like to be able to do it.” But it was also, you know, if I’m out in the middle of nowhere, and I fall in the yard and there’s nothing around for me to get back up onto, I have to be able to get back up from the ground up to my chair. And otherwise, I’m just going to be stuck there for a long time. And that was one of the things where I had to think to myself, I was like, “I need to keep working on this, I can’t—if I’m not comfortable enough to get out of my chair and try that, then I’m never going to learn how to do it.” And it was the same thing with the pool, if I’m not comfortable enough to try to get into the pool, and get out of my chair and do that, then I’m never going to get good at it. And now it’s one of my favorite things to do. So, you know you have to be willing to try those things, you can’t not try them especially with transferring and getting out of your chair. Just leaving your comfort zone, I mean you always have to leave your comfort zone. That’s where you learn.

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

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Injured in 2015 at age 25, quadriplegic
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People need to keep their drive. They can’t go home from the hospital and get, I wouldn’t say lazy, but they need to realize that you’re not going to learn things by not doing them. So, you have to if there’s something that you want, you have to try to push that envelope and be willing to try. One of my biggest things was I wanted to be able to get off the floor, the ground because I didn’t want to. It was a point of pride because I knew other people who could do it and I thought, “well, if they can do it, then I’d like to be able to do it.” But it was also, you know, if I’m out in the middle of nowhere, and I fall in the yard and there’s nothing around for me to get back up onto, I have to be able to get back up from the ground up to my chair. And otherwise, I’m just going to be stuck there for a long time. And that was one of the things where I had to think to myself, I was like, “I need to keep working on this, I can’t—if I’m not comfortable enough to get out of my chair and try that, then I’m never going to learn how to do it.” And it was the same thing with the pool, if I’m not comfortable enough to try to get into the pool, and get out of my chair and do that, then I’m never going to get good at it. And now it’s one of my favorite things to do. So, you know you have to be willing to try those things, you can’t not try them especially with transferring and getting out of your chair. Just leaving your comfort zone, I mean you always have to leave your comfort zone. That’s where you learn.

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