- I am a incomplete quadriplegic.
- I have no control of my bodily functions.
- I have sketchy sensation all over my body.
- I am like a cold blooded animal, unable to control my body temperature.
- I am capable of having sex and being intimate.
- I am wheelchair bound.
- I am unable to dress myself.
- I am able to feed myself.
- I have spasticity.
- I have a weakened immune system.
- I have to use bed chucks in my pants in case of accidents.
- I suffer with chronic UTIs.
- I have one metal bar, one plate, and six screws holding my neck together.
- I can wiggle my big toe on my right foot.
- I can brush my hair.
- I have breathing trouble due to how high my injury is.
- I have skin issues.
- I am stronger than this injury and this injury doesn’t define me.
- I cannot put my contacts in myself.
- I have severe nerve pain.
- I have a donor disk as my C4 vertebrae.
- I fatigue easier than an able bodied.
- I do my own makeup.
- I take prescription medication.
- I have to rely on others for basic tasks.
- I cannot use my triceps.
- I have to do a bowel routine.
- I have to stretch daily to maintain range of motion.
- I have to watch my weight.
- I have to be turned every two hours.
September is spinal cord injury awareness month and I really haven’t said much about it. I wanted to list 30 things about my spinal cord injury.
Paralyzed from the neck down after an ATV rollover at 14, April Otwell is beating the odds the doctors gave her. She's a blogger, fantasy writer, college student, sugar glider guardian and spinal cord injury survivor. She's even writing her first fiction novel!