There’s no greater feeling for someone with a spinal cord injury, paraplegic, than living independently.
2020 will go down as a year of sudden surprises and adjustments. While the world was experiencing a pandemic, shutdowns, quarantines, store closures, and unprecedented stress; my life changed drastically. I was displaced from my family, home, comfort zone, support system, and normalcy. Not to mention, I am a paraplegic, c-7 spinal cord injury. The “Unknown of Living On My Own.” 26 years ago, I was a victim of road rage which left me using a wheelchair. Living on my own had never entered in mind. I was nervous, uneasy, and concerned about my everyday living activities. Who’s going to help me? How am I going to eat? But thanks be to GOD, I developed a routine of getting what I needed for bed before I got in bed. I purchased an air fryer, learned how to prepare my own meals. For the most part, I have it all under control. I even take pleasure in washing and folding my laundry. It amazes me that after 26 years of depending on others, I can do it for myself. Again, there’s no greater or rewarding feeling than being in charge of my life. Something good came out of this pandemic, I gained my independence.