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Personal Experience Videos About Spinal Cord Injury

Who knows the most about coping with spinal cord injury? It’s the people who live with it every day. We interviewed more than 100 people with paraplegia and quadriplegia and their mothers, fathers, children spouses and siblings. We asked questions about their early days in the hospital, transitioning to home, rehabilitation, employment and education. We asked them about changing relationships with family and friends, their fears and feelings, their plans for the future and the best advice they have for others in their situation. They are the voices of experience.

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Alicia
Injured in 2003 at age 25, paraplegic
Amanda
Partner or spouse injured in 2010 at age 27, quadriplegic
Andre
Injured in 2007 at age 22, quadriplegic
Angela
Injured in 1996 at age 15, quadriplegic
Annie
Injured in 1998 at age 12, paraplegic
Antonio
Injured in 1994 at age 19, quadriplegic
April
Injured in 2014 at age 31, quadriplegic
Aric
Injured in 1983 at age 14, paraplegic
Athena
Partner or spouse injured in 1996 at age 31, quadriplegic
Audrey
Son injured in 2009 at age 15, quadriplegic
Barry
Partner or spouse injured in 2001 at age 56, paraplegic
Bernadette
Son injured in 2006 at age 21, paraplegic
Bill
Injured in 1970 at age 8 months, paraplegic
Billy
Son injured in 2004 at age 18, quadriplegic
Brittany
Injured in 2014 at age 21, paraplegic
Carol Ann
Son injured in 1993 at age 20, quadriplegic
Carrie
Injured in 2003 at age 20, quadriplegic
Chase
Injured in 2007 at age 17, paraplegic
Christopher
Injured in 1980 at age 16, quadriplegic
Clarissa
Son injured in 1974 at age 19, quadriplegic
Clinton
Injured in 2005 at age 35, paraplegic
Darren
Injured in 1993 at age 20, quadriplegic
Darwin
Injured in 2008 at age 33, paraplegic
Destiny
Injured in 2003 at age 10, paraplegic
Don
Partner or spouse injured in 2008 at age 62, paraplegic
Dorian
Son injured in 2007 at age 17, paraplegic
Drew
Injured in 2006 at age 44, quadriplegic
Eileen
Son injured in 2010 at age 20, paraplegic
Elizabeth
Father injured in 1974 at age 26, paraplegic
Eric
Injured in 1986 at age 26, paraplegic
Eunice
Sister injured in 1993 at age 7, quadriplegic
Freda
Daughter injured in 2011 at age 17, quadriplegic
Gail
Partner or spouse injured in 1974 at age 26, paraplegic
Ginger
Injured in 1984 at age 44, quadriplegic
Greg
Brother injured in 1980 at age 16, quadriplegic
Gregory
Son injured in 2011 at age 27, paraplegic
Harry
Injured in 1974 at age 19, quadriplegic
Hector
Injured in 1979 at age 19, paraplegic
Henry
Son injured in 1974 at age 19, quadriplegic
Jabree
Injured in 2015 at age 42, paraplegic
Jack
Injured in 1974 at age 26, paraplegic
James
Injured in 1976 at age 27, quadriplegic
James Shepherd
Injured in 1973 at age 24, quadriplegic
Jamie
Injured in 1993 at age 17, paraplegic
Janet
Injured in 2015 at age 45, paraplegic
Javier Jr.
Sister injured in 1993 at age 7, quadriplegic
Jeffrey
Injured in 2013 at age 29, paraplegic
Jenn
Brother injured in 1999 at age 23, paraplegic
Jennifer
Mother injured in 1984 at age 44, quadriplegic
Jeremy
Injured in 2002 at age 23, paraplegic
Jerry
Injured in 2002 at age 50, paraplegic
Jim
Injured in 1996 at age 31, quadriplegic
Joan
Son injured in 1985 at age 22, quadriplegic
Joe
Injured in 1982 at age 25, paraplegic
Joel
Injured in 1998 at age 17, paraplegic
Joey
Injured in 2005 at age 13, quadriplegic
John
Son injured in 1985 at age 22, quadriplegic
Johnathan
Injured in 2006 at age 19, paraplegic
Jorge
Injured in 1978 at age 11, paraplegic
Jose
Injured in 2008 at age 23, quadriplegic
Josh
Injured in 2010 at age 27, quadriplegic
Karen
Son injured in 2010 at age 25, paraplegic
Kelly
Injured in 2007 at age 42, paraplegic
Ken
Injured in 2013 at age 55, paraplegic
Kenny
Injured in 2014 at age 20, quadriplegic
Maggie
Injured in 2011 at age 17, quadriplegic
Marie
Injured in 1998 at age 22, quadriplegic
Marilyn
Son injured in 1980 at age 16, quadriplegic
Mark
Injured in 1981 at age 19, quadriplegic
Mark
Injured in 1996 at age 28, paraplegic
Mary
Daughter injured in 1988 at age 22, quadriplegic
Mary Ellen
Daughter injured in 2005 at age 15, quadriplegic
Marzet
Injured in 1996 at age 15, paraplegic
Maurice
Injured in 1997 at age 24, quadriplegic
Megan
Injured in 1995 at age 18, paraplegic
Michele
Injured in 2003 at age 21, quadriplegic
Michelle
Injured in 2002 at age 21, quadriplegic
Mike
Injured in 2004 at age 41, paraplegic
Minna
Injured in 1999 at age 35, paraplegic
Missi
Son injured in 2001 at age 8 months, paraplegic
Molly
Injured in 2005 at age 15, quadriplegic
Monserat
Injured in 2008 at age 16, paraplegic
Nick
Injured in 1995 at age 17, quadriplegic
Nick Scott
Injured in 1998 at age 16, paraplegic
Nova
Injured in 2008 at age 62, paraplegic
Pamela
Daughter injured in 2003 at age 20, quadriplegic
Pat
Daughter injured in 2003 at age 21, quadriplegic
Patricia
Son injured in 2011 at age 27, paraplegic
Patricio
Injured in 1998 at age 24, quadriplegic
Patrick
Injured in 2006 at age 21, quadriplegic
Patty
Son injured in 2010 at age 32, quadriplegic
Pete
Injured in 2004 at age 33, paraplegic
Ramon
Injured in 1999 at age 25, paraplegic
Richard
Son injured in 1980 at age 16, quadriplegic
Riveria
Son injured in 1997 at age 24, quadriplegic
Rob
Injured in 36 at age 36, paraplegic
Rose
Partner or spouse injured in 2007 at age 22, paraplegic
Ryan
Injured in 2015 at age 25, quadriplegic
Saalim
Injured in 1998 at age 19, paraplegic
Sandra
Daughter injured in 2002 at age 21, quadriplegic
Sarah
Partner or spouse injured in 2015 at age 25, quadriplegic
Sean
Mother injured in 2008 at age 62, paraplegic
Sir
Injured in 1999 at age 16, paraplegic
Stefany
Injured in 1993 at age 7, quadriplegic
Stephanie
Injured in 1994 at age 26, paraplegic
Stephanie
Partner or spouse injured in 2004 at age 41, paraplegic
Steve
Injured in 2006 at age 23, paraplegic
Sue
Son injured in 2004 at age 10, quadriplegic
Suzzi
Partner or spouse injured in 1995 at age 17, quadriplegic
Talbot
Injured in 2004 at age 18, quadriplegic
Tom
Injured in 2004 at age 36, quadriplegic
Tony
Injured in 1990 at age 27, quadriplegic
Tricia
Partner or spouse injured in 2007 at age 42, paraplegic
Vic
Injured in 1996 at age 41, paraplegic
Zac
Injured in 2011 at age 19, quadriplegic
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