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Finding Meaning in Life After a Spinal Cord Injury – Christopher Reeve Foundation

Saturday, 12 March, 2022

Finding Meaning in Life After a Spinal Cord Injury – Christopher Reeve Foundation


After my spinal cord injury, one of the hardest things I had to deal with was finding new meaning in my life. I was 15 years old when I broke my neck. I didn’t have much of a path at that age. My goal at that period of my life was to graduate from high school so I could be done with school forever. After that, I figured I would get a job and start working. I have mentioned this in past blogs. I was a very independent and fast-paced person. I was always going from one thing to the next.
When I broke my neck and became a quadriplegic, anything I had planned for my future was now gone. I felt hopeless, lost, and had no meaning or purpose in my life. This was a very dark time for me. I had never experienced these strong negative feelings before in my life. I had no idea how my future was going to look. How would I be independent and support myself when I now have to rely on others for physical things I could no longer do. It pissed me off that this happened to me. I had thoughts going through my head, such as "why did this happen to me?" and "what did I do to deserve this?" I feel like so many people struggle to make meaning in their life. It is something that we all go through at some point in our lives. Some people find their purpose sooner than others, and it takes years or decades for others. I have found my purpose in life through my injury. It feels weird to admit that out loud. But I view my life now as being full of abundance and meaning.
Read more at: https://www.christopherreeve.org/blog/life-after-paralysis/finding-meaning-in-life-after-a-spinal-cord-injury-1

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