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How did you develop an understanding of the injury?

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Injured in 1998 at age 22, Quadriplegic

I did have a little bit of a medical— I’m a nurse as well and I have a medical background.  I did have a comprehension of what was going on to a certain extent, although denial is a great thing.  I knew in the back of my head what I was dealing with, but there was always that hopeful piece—“Maybe the injury isn’t quite as permanent as they’re saying.”  You know, and that just kind of came gradually.  It was just a gradual process of, you know I was being practical, and planning, and trudging forward, and doing my therapy, but not completely losing hope that I would regain some movement.