I am paralyzed myself, due to a drunk driver from about 10 years ago. I am curious as to whether you guys know anyone who is paralyzed. I’d like to know how their paralysis has affected your opinion of other disabled people, or even of other able people? What have you seen in your own interactions with them and others’ interactions with them?
I’m specifically talking about paralysis here, though feel free to mention related stories.
On another note, I was lucky enough to be a victim of someone else’s callous behavior. As tragic as my own situation is, I go to bed every night knowing that what happened to me is NOT MY FAULT. I can blame someone else. I was hit. I was a victim. While it’s not fun being a victim, it’s certainly easier than being one of those unfortunates who breaks their back or neck doing a risky maneuver like diving headfirst into a pool, etc. I can’t imagine having to know for the rest of your life that you did it to yourself.
I wonder how these particular people deal with their own mistakes? How much can positive attitude really help?
Even eleven years into my spinal cord injury I still have mental trauma–fear and trust issues that affect my ability to get around. Do the paralyzed people you know express these issues to you? If so, how do you and they handle it?