Happy Martin Luther King Day!
This quote meant a lot to me when I didn’t even know what it meant. But now, I can say I have a personal relationship it. ————-
Now that I can walk, although my diagnosis has never changed- I am still a paraplegic- people assume my body must have returned to normal. A common misconception about paraplegics is that they will always be in a wheelchair. I am here to tell you, this is FALSE. —————-
With new technologies& therapies, &depending on one’s injury, the ability to walk is must more attainable now for many paraplegics.
Yes I can walk, &yes I still have partial paralysis in my lower body. Paraplegic = “paralysis that affects PART or ALL of the trunk, legs &pelvic organs.” ————- I live with partial paralysis every day. It exists in my lower calves especially, parts of my glutes &ALL of my pelvic organs.
I do know what it feels like to NOT be able to walk. It is something that is so easy to take for granted, until one day you can no longer do it. I spent weeks/months in a wheelchair, months after that with a walker &years after that with a single-legged cane. —————
And, despite my now ability to walk (not completely normally) I do not have the ability to run. ————
I love this quote because it promotes gratitude, strength& perseverance,& reminds the reader that no matter what, he/she has to keep moving forward. ————-
When I was learning to walk, I kept thinking “if I can just walk with the cane.” Then it became, “if I can just walk with only orthotics”, & now it’s, “if I can just gain strength in my ankles.” But no matter what struggles, what losses, what happens that is really not within my control, I have learned that it is completely within my ABILITY to TRY. I may never regain pelvic floor function, (which diminishes my quality of life), but I will die trying, &I can be okay with that. I cannot be okay w/ NOT trying, & not moving forward. Thank-you MLK. Your words speak life to me.
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