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My name is Nancy Ehrlich and I had a T12 spinal cord injury on 2/4/02 in a farming accident.  One of the most important things I learned from my recovery was that it's okay to let people help you.  I am a nurse, the mother of 3 and I own a horse farm, so caring for others seems to be in my genes.  I always hated asking for help, preferring to be on the other end.  Since my accident, I have learned to appreciate all the love and support that so many others have given me.  A spinal cord injury is a big life changing experience on many levels.  Recovery is hard work!  It takes time and the attitude that you want to recover and lead a full and productive life.  That requires help no matter how independent or tough you are.  My husband would always say, "Let people help you.  It makes them feel good."
 
The other thing I learned about recovery is how important it is to stay involved.  Involved with family, friends, co-workers and community.   I love to dance and was still taking 3 to 6 classes a week before my injury.  I now teach a children's wheelchair dance program in schools, at camps and in a regular dance classroom setting.  The kids love it and learn to redefine themselves through movement.  I also volunteer to teach theater arts to children and help put on a big production every summer so kids, who love the arts, get a chance to perform.  My husband was right, helping someone else does make you feel good.
 
I also stay close to my Spinal Cord Injury Support Group.  For a long time it was my sanity. No one can relate to you like another SCI person.  Depression, anger, feeling overwhelmed, not wanting to go out of the house, bathroom accidents - they happen to all of us.  How to deal with is what's important and that's what you learn from your SCI peers.  We all try to have a sense of humor, which can really make the tough things seem a little more palatable.  Believe me, you end up getting really tight with some of them. 
 
Having a spinal cord injury is not the end of the world, it's the beginning of a new and different world.  You have to challenge your disability and make your world what you want it to be.

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Words from a friend!

Shirley Nolt

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