As I sat there in my wheelchair, I scanned over the reasons and was blown away by the fact that there were quadriplegics, and I was even more shocked to see paraplegics.
When I was able to think “open my hand” and my hand opened, it really gave me that flicker of hope.
Now, we’ve been able to do more functional movements – things that will really impact my everyday life.
Then it came down to the million dollar question – did I want to undergo brain surgery that I did not need?
I had a lot of faith in the team, but I had to convince my family.
I felt anger that I was a qualifying patient just by being a spinal cord injury, but it was more that society supported that position.
In some states, if an abled-bodied individual expresses a desire to commit suicide they are subject to a non-voluntary 3-day hold at a psych ward.
In my childhood, I went to a Missionary Baptist Church that was completely against any type of “murder” whether it be compassion killings or abortions, in God’s eyes it was all the same.
Therefore, I grew up analogizing Hitler, who killed off people with disabilities without their consent, and Dr.
This topic needs to be met with compassion and understanding.