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    #16
    Originally posted by betheny View Post
    Trying Sticky Keys. It works! How do I stop it making a bleep when I use the caps? Awesome thing to learn today!
    I'd go to your audio preferences and make your entire OS mute. That's my preference.

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      #17
      I don't have a handicap, but I know a lot of people who do, they're called golfers.
      "We're one but we're not the same. We get to carry each other" U2

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        #18
        The caps did not bother-i must b weird. Typin is a challenge 4 me, I often have typos n grammatical errors. I think I'm doin good if I am on here, readin n replyin . I also enjoyed your story n I think u hav a great refreshin attitude
        Stay Strong man,

        Evon
        I have a spinal cord injury...a spinal cord injury DOES NOT have me!

        walking quad-Central Cord Syndrome

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          #19
          Jasper has a handicap - he takes it off with his paw

          I think he looks pretty handy in this rasta cap.
          But seriously, I think you have a good attitude, but be sure to allow yourself to grieve at some point. I had/have to although I like to be how you put it 97.3 % of the time.

          I did a 30 km nordic ski race - Tahoe - Truckee Great Ski Race, 800 people entered. There was 1700 ft of climbing and descending and they didn't segregate sitskiers from AB folks. I came in about 400th place just using my arms. I guess I can call the 400 slower than me handicapped....

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            #20
            Originally posted by semajh7 View Post
            LIFE IS ALL ABOUT PERCEPTION.
            Mostly. However, no matter how you attempt to "perceive" it, a bullet to the head or a knife in the heart is gonna do some damage.

            I CHOOSE NOT TO CALL MYSELF HANDICAP
            So how do you refer to your physical condition? Refusing to reference your disability seems akin to refusing to acknowledge whether you are male or female or what age you are or even what state you live in. Why would you do that?

            WOULD WE CONSIDER SOMEONE WHO LACKS AMBITION HANDICAP?
            My father might.

            THE STATE OF BEING HANDICAP IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER.
            Sorry, but that is semantic bullspit. Generally speaking, having a handicap is an indisputable fact. Not being able to walk is a handicap. Not being able to see is a handicap. Not being able to use one's hands is a handicap. None of those things are anything to be ashamed of or hidden. None of those physical disabilities makes one any less of a person or necessarily means that one's life will be less than any others, so there is no need to verbally white wash them.

            ONE OF THE BEST PIECES OF ADVICE GIVEN TO ME WHEN I WAS FIRST INJURED WAS THAT I SHOULD LOOK AT MY INJURY AS AN OPPORTUNITY, AND THAT I SHOULD LOOK AT MY CURRENT SITUATION AS AN ADVENTURE.
            While I appreciate the basic premise behind those statements, my first reaction to them is still annoyance. Yes, every single thing that happens to one opens and closes some doors and changes the course of one's life. Every day is a new day, blah, blah, blah... That being said, opportunities and adventures are often things that one chooses to undertake. I don't know a single person that would choose a SCI, all other options being equal.

            BEING PARALYZED IS NO EASY TASK BUT OUR MINDS ARE NOT PARALYZED.
            Some people's are. The head injury and mild brain damage that I received as a result of my accident are even more frustrating on some days than is my inability to walk.

            I WAS IN A NURSING HOME/REHAB CENTER FOR 2 YEARS FOLLOWING MY INJURIES. INSIDE THIS NURSING HOME/ REHAB CENTER THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF YOUNG GUYS LIKE MYSELF WHO HAD SCI's. WE WERE ALL FOR THE MOST PART COMPLACENT AND COMFORTABLE WITH LIVING THERE AT THAT FACILITY BECAUSE WE HAD EACH OTHER. AFTER A WHILE, EVEN THOUGH I HAD EVERY THING I COULD OF WANTED THERE AT THAT FACILITY(INCLUDING SEVERAL GIRLFRIENDS), I DECIDED THAT I WANTED MORE OUT OF LIFE. I LEFT MY COMFORT ZONE AND MOVED FROM NEW YORK TO FLORIDA, GOT MY OWN PLACE, AND ENROLLED INTO FILM SCHOOL.
            I applaud your current drive and determination, but I have to say that I find your 2 year complacence to be extremely odd. I realize that everyone is different, but I found very little "comfort" in rehab. Some, yes, but not nearly enough to make me want to live there for years. It was reassuring to be in a situation where everyone knew what was up and could step in to help if needed, but overall, the people I've known who went through physical rehabilitation did it as quickly as possible and got back to their lives, altered though they were.

            A STRONG WILL, WILL CONQUER ALL.
            Conquer "all" but your inability to walk, eh?

            SO AGAIN I ASK YOU"AM I REALLY HANDICAP"
            Yes, but that's OK.

            C.

            On a side note: You have an adorable smile. Reminds me of a friend that I've lost touch with.
            Last edited by Tiger Racing; 29 Dec 2008, 5:22 AM. Reason: To add personal note

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              #21
              To: Watchthisbaby
              You are so right. We are one but we are not the same, and the reason why we get to carry each other is because we are all soldiers in this war against SCIs. We must continue to fight together. Thanks for the comments.

              To: Evonne
              I love this statement" I have a spinal cord injury...a spinal cord injury does not have me. How true that is. Continue to stay positive. "After the rain comes the rainbows"

              To:Arndog
              Jasper looks gorgeous in that handi-cap.lol. Arndog, i do grieve once in a blue moon but i try not to wallow in grief. I just feel that there is still so much about life to enjoy. Also, i had a very hard upbringing so i am use to adversity. Sometimes I think my upbringing prepared me for my current situation. I applaud your grit and determination. Congrats on your ski race. My motto is anything a AB can do w e can do better. Take care.

              To:Tiger Racing
              You make several good points. You remind me of my best friend mike who is a quad back at that facility i was in for 2 years. It actually was 2 years 4 months, but who's counting.lol. To be honest, i think the reason i stayed there so long is because of all of my newfound friends who did not want to see me go. They made my decision to leave very hard. Also, prior to my injuries i was a real ladys man. My stay at that facility reaffirmed what I believed to be was my manhood because of all the attention i received from women. To be frank, i was romantically involved with quite a few nurses. What man would want to leave a situation like that. When i would ask the nurses why they were so attracted to me they would usually say because of my positive outlook and my smile. It made me realize that a good attitude goes a long way. Never let anyone still your joy. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes regardless of our limitations. Thanks for the comments. Take care.

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                #22
                Semajh7, everything you have said I totally agree with. When my daughter was injured 6 years ago I too decided to see to it that she may have SCI but it wont have her. I am teaching her to never say "I cant" for if something is difficult we find alternative ways to do things. (Example, She went sledding in a laundry basket because it was all we could find for back support) She lives life to the fullest and lets nothing stop her. Accept what is, but have a strong mind and determination, it will get you anywhere you want to go in life.
                sigpic

                Stay safe my son. See you around thanksgiving!

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                  #23
                  HI Robynbird
                  I applaud your perspective. Here's a link to a story that might inspire you some more.

                  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...T2008012401739

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Kimmel21 View Post
                    i like to call myself Handicapable lol
                    Handicapable. lol

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by woman from Europe View Post
                      That's why it is not called handicaped anymore. Here the official word is people with functional reduction and it is not the person's fault but the socitity who makes them because of lack of accessibility and lack of accessible jobs for those who are not AB.
                      Hi woman from europe.
                      I see where it says you've been paralyzed since 1969. It takes a lot of inner strength to endure a Sci for so long. I commend you.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by semajh7 View Post
                        HI Robynbird
                        I applaud your perspective. Here's a link to a story that might inspire you some more.

                        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...T2008012401739

                        The link doesnt work for me. Says it was removed or relocated.
                        sigpic

                        Stay safe my son. See you around thanksgiving!

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Robynbird569 View Post
                          The link doesnt work for me. Says it was removed or relocated.
                          Im sorry about that.
                          If you want me to I can send it to your email address as an attachment.
                          Last edited by semajh7; 29 Dec 2008, 11:01 AM.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by semajh7 View Post
                            Hi woman from europe.
                            I see where it says you've been paralyzed since 1969. It takes a lot of inner strength to endure a Sci for so long. I commend you.

                            I have been a walking para for more than 30 years. But then we have SCI and aging and I have been in a chair for the last five years without possibility to walk at all
                            TH 12, 43 years post

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by woman from Europe View Post
                              I have been a walking para for more than 30 years. But then we have SCI and aging and I have been in a chair for the last five years without possibility to walk at all
                              You are my inspiration.

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                                #30
                                Thank you
                                TH 12, 43 years post

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