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    on September 19th, 2010 i was in a car accident, i lost control of my chevy s10. It slide off the road and flipped hitting a tree, my side was crushed my passenger only had a few scratches. I on the other hand was trapped, they had to use the jaws of life to get me out. then i was loaded in an ambulance to ride over to life flight where I was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. There I was put through many tests, they found out I had broken many ribs, my scapula's, and my back, paralyzing me at the T10-T11. I then went through a 10 hour surgery to fix my back, and a week from then they had to use some of my rib as well as other things it lasted 8 hours. I spent 64 days in the hospital.

    This has been hard on me going from an active horse person to someone in a wheelchair.


    here is a link to a video with pics of before and after
    http://youtu.be/JSwC3HR3NXo

  • #2
    Sorry to hear Para Horse. YOu can still be an active horse person. Especially a T10-11.

    It's a hard time for you right now. I guarantee, if you work hard and carry on with the cowgirl attitude, it will get much much better. NOw is the time to get as strong as you can. Riding the horse would really be beneificial in making your lower core even that much stronger.

    Take Care, we all went thru what you are going thru now, so there are forums for women only that can help you also.

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    • #3
      Hello fellow Oregonian. Glad you found this site, but sad about your new life. Looks like you have a great support group. Welcome.
      T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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      • #4
        Hi Para Horse,
        On March 20th 1994 I was driving my S10 truck and flipped it. Ejected me from the vehicle and broke my back. I too am paralyzed at T-10/11. Crazy how we were driving the same thing and had the same injury only 17 years later. PM me if you need any support or tips? There is lots of information on here.
        DFW TEXAS- T-10 since March 20th, 1994

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        • #5
          Best wishes to you, Para-Horse-Girl, and welcome to the forum.
          MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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          • #6
            Welcome to Carecure. As you can see you have a lot of support here- and you can still be very active and have a great life!!!!!
            CWO
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            • #7
              beautiful video...beautiful girl... looks like you have jumped back into life..as I did at 18 when my accident occurred..just keep moving forward..school, love, work, marriage, family, whatever and where ever life takes you..your video made me cry ..that song was made for you.

              Thanks for sharing that..Deb
              "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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              • #8
                Oh, Rachel, I am so sorry. You are so young. We are here for you to help you through this transition in your life. You still have a lot of life to live! You are welcome to PM me, also.
                Incomplete T-12/L-1

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                • #9
                  Hello "Para-Horse-Girl,"
                  to the Care Cure Community.

                  All the best,
                  GJ

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                  • #10
                    Welcome Para-Horse, and HUGs!

                    Where do I begin? These words are not from me per se, but rather what you already know.

                    Having a relationship with horsemanship is absolutely an incredible gift, and continue unwrapping and develop how this language proceeds on with your progress. Firstly a horse also understands and mourns your loss, specially when s/he sees your approach and stops, and questions why both of you are no longer joined in a trot. Believe and trust as you always had prior to your injury, nothing will ever severe that relationship, not even paralysis.

                    Consider this path...search for equine-therapy, and observe their program. Consider a trial session. Experiencing several sessions will indicate so many answers, and remember with your knowledge you are contributing to your therapist's practice. They will learn from, its both ways. Furthermore movement from a horse's gait is very similar to humans. As you open up in comfort and ease, stimulating parasympatheic nerves will incrementally improved your proprioception, regaining your body awareness.

                    Para-Horse, I welcome further dialogue between you, me, and this forum community has to offer. Associate all information shared, and ownership of decision(s) will serve your intentions. HUGs!

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                    • #11
                      Hi Horse girl,

                      So sorry re. your accident - great that you found this site - many many people here who will be able to help you with the questions you might have. Take it easy....but take it.

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                      • #12
                        Welcome to the site. Like everyone else said we're glad you found us but sorry you had to. I used to ride horses, back when I was a teenager, I even team penned It was a blast, one of my most favorite times of my life. Just recently I went on the spinal cord injury retreat up by Payson Arizona and one of the first things I did there was get on the horse. There was a special saddle and people the help, but it was great. Here's a picture of it:

                        And here's a little video of when I was younger working with the Cattle:
                        C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                        Scottsdale, AZ

                        Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                        • #13
                          Continue with your horses....They do make adaptive saddles.

                          I realized after years that I gave up something I didn't have to although I could not function at my prior level. Nothing beats the love of a horse and meeting him/her at the fence. We got horses 10 years after my accident when my daughter wanted to ride.

                          Welcome to Carecure and good luck in your therapy. (((hugs)))

                          This is also a good read and its true:

                          http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Love-St...4363611&sr=1-8


                          Its about a quadriplegic horse trainer on the Wind River reservation (I think). A beautiful story.

                          Don't give up your dreams.
                          T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

                          My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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                          • #14
                            Aw, what a beautiful video. I usually don't have the attention span to watch those things all the way through, but I didn't miss a second of yours.

                            Life is not over for you. Horses are not over. A fun life is not over. Relationships are not over. There are so many things ahead for you, so many joyful things.

                            Keep your eyes on what you WANT to do, where you WANT to be. Let the desire drive you to find ways to make it happen.

                            Lovely young person, I wish you every good thing.

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                            • #15
                              Welcome.

                              It is extremely difficult to face life in a wc after being so active but it can get easier.

                              You really need to check n2 adaptive horse riding and get back on! There are other adaptive sports to give you a thrill again.

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