I’m a “high” quadriplegic, my spinal cord having been completely severed (which is actually very rare), at my 4th cervical vertebra (that’s the fourth from the very tippy-top) during some ill-advised snowboarding shenanigans when I was 14 years old. As a result, I was permanently paralyzed from the neck down.
Though I can only speak authoritatively about my own experience with a spinal cord injury, I’ve been using a wheelchair for over a decade, closing in on half my life. I’m aware that many people are curious about my atypical life, and that many, many more are pitifully ill-informed and brimming with assumptions that range from benign-but-incorrect to horribly offensive.
I have a pretty good sense of humor, and I’m not shy about details. I will take your questions now.