Great, personal stories! [“SCI Anniversaries: Why Do We Celebrate Them?” August 2017]. My SCI was 39 years ago and I truly believe I’m a better person today because of that event. Kudos to all who are able to see the positive.
Susan Babcock Peters
Who I Would Have Been
Obviously everyone is different, and I think it’s great that people find ways to be positive, but I can’t even imagine celebrating a death. And make no mistake, the 18-year-old girl that I was died on that day [“SCI Anniversaries”]. Who I am today is not who I would have been. That’s not to say one is better than the other, and I have certainly had a very blessed life despite my SCI, but I still often wonder who I would have been if I had not broken my back.
Carol Arachne Hollfelder
No Need to Look Back
I just wanted to share that I am 23-plus years post-injury and rarely think about the day or [anniversary] date. I certainly don’t mark the occasion with any type of remembrance. My accident happened, I moved on with my life and have little need to look back at the event that changed the course of my future. Maybe I could look at it similarly to how I look at schools; I don’t take time or think about graduating from high school or college.
I met my partner eight years ago. She is a quad and explained how she had seldom traveled [“Finding Athena,” August 2017]. It just took so much to pack supplies, a Hoyer lift, plus stopping to do her care every four hours. I got the idea of modifying an old RV while thinking up a “mobile care center.” I got a 10-year-old unit and stripped the interior out. The price of a lift was more than what I paid for the RV, so I designed and built my own. I also designed and built a track lift that runs the length of the RV and installed two hospital beds that can lock together or