Funny how things that were not barriers, become impossible after something like this.
I never imagined stairways would daunt me, become next to impossible like climbing Mount Everestt without any gear, but the fact is a spinal cord injury does change things, perhaps in ways you do not want to face but you have to face them.
And even in today's society, not everything is made for those with disabilities.
I never imagined I would be refering to myself in this way, as a person with a disability, I think of myself in that way, and not as a disabled person, because my disaiblity does not come first my person does.
I was not always in this chair, once upon a time I was a track runner, but those days are long gone, as long as it took for someone to get behind the wheel to get waisted, in a matter of seconds my life was forever changed.
I am alive though, and glad to be alive, so many who are hit by drunk and stoned drivers are not as blessed, to many are taken to their graves before their times, and to many are children. I find that simply heartbreaking, that is why I speak out against drunk drivers and get involved with programs like MADD because the fact is to many families are affected, and if you think it can't happen to you you are wrong.
To Be Continued