Hi there! I’m Mary. I’m 26 years old and live in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In July 2017, my world was flipped upside down when I suffered a serious spinal cord injury. I had just graduated from college less than two months before and started my first job in public relations. Everything was going according to plan.
So, what happened, you ask? I had a spinal stroke (infarction), which, one: I didn’t even know was something that existed, and two: is extremely rare, especially for someone so young.
At 22, doctors told me I was paralyzed. I might never walk again.
My stroke left me with an incomplete spinal cord injury with widespread paralysis below my chest. My right side was affected much worse than my left, so I’ve had to learn to do everything with my non-dominant hand. I spent the summer after graduation in the hospital for three months — sad, scared, and learning to live in my newly paralyzed body.
Since then, I’ve come to realize that you can’t plan life. Sometimes bad things happen without a reason or a warning. You can choose to shut down and give up or you can adapt and try to make the best of it. I chose the latter. Of course, I still have bad days where all I can feel is what I lost, but most of the times I try to remind myself of what I still have.
Although I’m in a wheelchair now, my chair does not define me. I’m the same Mary I’ve always been — just with a new set of wheels and a new, unique perspective.
Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you come back soon and follow my journey.