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    #16
    Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    Hi,

    I Appreciate your comment, but I think it is an overstatement. I recall that you read the story of my love life and know how badly I was hurting. My injury had a devastating impact on my family. The cost of my hospitalization resulted in Dad having to take out a second mortgage on the farm and my brother, who had a partial college scholarship, had to enlist in the army because there was no longer money to make up the difference. He was an honor student throughout high school and was going to be the first in the family to make it to college. My poor sisters were limited to mostly homemade clothes during their high school years. I desperately wanted to get away so I was no longer a burden. The other alternative facing me was spending the remainder of my life rotting in the county nursing home, where most people in my condition would already have been. In sum, my motivation stemmed from the negatives in my life. I really had no vision of prevailing over my disability at the time. I was doing what ever came along and had no sense of a "future."
    touches my heart. I hope their is no guilt about what your family had to do to get by. you would have done the same if it were you left standing.

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      #17
      Originally posted by jody View Post
      touches my heart. I hope their is no guilt about what your family had to do to get by. you would have done the same if it were you left standing.
      No I do not feel guilty about those things any more. My family members all managed to overcome the difficulties. And they never blamed me for the hardships, and that helped a lot. I had some great parents, and my sibs are the best.
      You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
      http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

      See my personal webpage @
      http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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        #18
        The picture with all the beds brings back memories from rehab at the VA in 70, same setup.

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          #19
          SCIfor55yrs --- Wow! What a superlatively crafted series of narratives. You are a gifted writer. Did you have any assistance writing or editing or were you an English major? I'm sure you struck a chord with every SCI person who had the pleasure of reading your stories and viewing your website.

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            #20
            Originally posted by PaidMyDues View Post
            SCIfor55yrs --- Wow! What a superlatively crafted series of narratives. You are a gifted writer. Did you have any assistance writing or editing or were you an English major? I'm sure you struck a chord with every SCI person who had the pleasure of reading your stories and viewing your website.
            English major? lol I was a straight "C" student in English classes in high school and never finished my senior year because of my injury. Watching a bug crawl up the window was more exciting than watching a teacher diagramming a sentence on the blackboard.

            However, when I got to college and had to take the required English courses, it was an entirely different experience. The profs liked my writing and suddenly I was an "A" student. [During my first year or so, my English grades kept me off academic probation!] At one point, the dept. chair tried to persuade me to become an English major and pursue a writing career. I politely declined because I needed to do something that would enable me to earn a living.

            When I retired, I continued where I left off in college. I got introduced to play writing by a friend who was involved with the theater and have ventured into that writing milieu. Writing has become a fun thing for me. I enjoy playing with words and the language. Because I do not have to do it for a living, I can take some "out of the box" approaches, which is part of my personality. All someone needs to tell me is, "that cannot be done," and away I go.

            The stories that are posted have not been edited. If I need to have something edited, my wife does it. She is a voracious reader, so our interests compliment one another.
            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

            See my personal webpage @
            http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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