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    Hi there

    Do you know any C5(complete or incomplete lesion) quad or higher, financially independent?

    What/how do they work?
    Last edited by cypresss; 23 Jun 2008, 1:52 PM.
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    #2
    I worked for many years and have several friends who are C5/6 who also worked and were financially independent. One is with a well known insurance company, I worked in medicine, anothe worked in a legal firm. It is quite possible, although getting through the door is the hardest part. When I first started out I made a deal with my perspective employer and said that I would be willing to do a three month trial period, and at the end of those three months if he thought he made a mistake in hiring me I would leave with no hard feelings. I worked at the same place for the next 31 years!

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      #3
      I was very fortunate to be able to go back to my job in marketing/PR after my accident.

      My earnings dipped for a while as I readjusted but things are back on track.

      It took almost three years before I felt I was contributing to the business in the same capacity as pre SCI. My employer is a friend, very blunt but mostly fair - although he still has no idea of what it's like to work 10 hour days as a C5/6 quad.

      Many jobs where you can get paid to be a 'consultant'' of some kind should be suitable for quads but I can't truthfully say I know for sure that I would have been hired post injury.

      I know of at least two C5 quads here who are lawyers.
      C5/6 incomplete

      "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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        #4
        Moved to Work, School & Money forum
        C5/6 incomplete

        "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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          #5
          cypress lives in romania guys ...hellooo...is hard to get a job for ab here.

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            #6
            Originally posted by adi chicago
            cypress lives in romania guys ...hellooo...is hard to get a job for ab here.
            That may be but his question doesn't ask specifically about Romania. You still have lawyers etc.

            I do suspect attitudes to the disabled are different - your own attitude to yourself indicates that - but maybe Cypresss is planning to try.
            C5/6 incomplete

            "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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              #7
              paul alone you will not survive in Romania more than a week...trust me.
              i wish good luck to cypress ...he has a degree as an computer engineer.
              accesibility sucks here as well ....no bus is accesible for wheelchairs.how to travel and to get a job?
              most buildings have no elevators..stairs only.

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                #8
                Thx Eileen and Paul for your replays. It's very encouraging. That's what I need...true stories.

                Adi, I don't have a problem as a romanian citizen, because we can improve accessibility. It's just a matter of time.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by adi chicago
                  paul alone you will not survive in Romania more than a week...trust me.
                  i wish good luck to cypress ...he has a degree as an computer engineer.
                  accesibility sucks here as well ....no bus is accesible for wheelchairs.how to travel and to get a job?
                  most buildings have no elevators..stairs only.
                  I can't pretend I know what it's like in Romania and I accept my life was/is very different but I'd know my life wasn't going to change sitting in my recliner.

                  Luckily for Cypresss he seems to know that too so this doesn't have to be another thread about what you can't do.
                  C5/6 incomplete

                  "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by cypresss
                    Thx Eileen and Paul for your replays. It's very encouraging. That's what I need...true stories.

                    Adi, I don't have a problem as a romanian citizen, because we can improve accessibility. It's just a matter of time.
                    Excellent attitude Cypress.

                    All the best to you.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by LaMemChose
                      Excellent attitude Cypress.

                      All the best to you.
                      In few days of living here you will not survive as well.Is like i send you to the jungle without having any knowledge.Attitude dont compensate a complete quad needs and a decent life here.Is hard to digest i know.bonne appetite.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by adi chicago
                        In few days of living here you will not survive as well.Is like i send you to the jungle without having any knowledge.Attitude dont compensate a complete quad needs and a decent life here.Is hard to digest i know.bonne appetite.
                        This is not about you. This is about CYpress and the life Cypress is making for Cypress.

                        Again, best to you Cypress.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by cypresss
                          Thx Eileen and Paul for your replays. It's very encouraging. That's what I need...true stories.

                          Adi, I don't have a problem as a romanian citizen, because we can improve accessibility. It's just a matter of time.

                          You'll do it!!
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                            #14
                            Cypress,I'm a c5/6 and although health has me sidelined temporarily,I'm a licenced underground utility contractor and have been for 18 years...easy?? Hell no ! Rich ? not even close but work has been a major plus in my life and kept the"crazy thoughts "from winning

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                              #15
                              I know people with cervical spinal cord injuries with the following jobs:

                              Physician (internal medicine, physiatrist, psychiatrist, radiologist)
                              Psychologist
                              Social Worker
                              Attorney (quite a few)
                              Therapeutic recreation specialist
                              Hospital administrator
                              Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
                              State Supreme Court justice
                              Teacher (elementary, junior high and high school)
                              College professor (computer science, Romance Languages, literature, math)
                              Computer software developer
                              Business owner/entrepreneur
                              Non-profit foundation director
                              Stock broker
                              Realtor
                              Motivational speaker

                              I probably left a few out too.

                              For most, it requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree and often advanced degrees needed for the professions, so if this is your wish, then going back to school is often the first step.

                              (KLD)
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