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Life-Altering Injury



When we receive a significant injury, sometimes we have to put our life on pause for a few weeks or months while our body recovers. But sometimes recovery takes longer—or never gets us back to “normal” at all. Whether we suffer from a loss of mobility, a change to our sensory perceptions, an inability to sleep or breathe well, chronic persistence of pain, or even memory or personality changes, our sense of self, identity, and purpose can all be challenged. Our ability to move through previously comfortable spaces or interact with others can be suddenly limited, and how we’re perceived by others can drastically change overnight. Transitioning to a “new normal”—and discovering what it even looks like—can be scary and discouraging, but we are immensely adaptable and capable, with care and compassion, of recentering ourselves and moving forward.

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‘The Brotherhood’ of Football Connects a High Schooler and an NFL Star in Tragedy | SC Featured

Three weeks after Linfield Christian QB Alex Ruiz had surgery in 2017 in attempt to repair his leg after a horrific tackle, Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller suffered a similar injury vs. the New Orleans Saints.

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Tough as They Come

Thousands have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five have survived quadruple amputee injuries. This is one soldier’s story. Thousands of soldiers die every year to defend their country.

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Psyche of the Injured Athlete

The unspoken truths of physically and emotionally injured athletes.

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FindCenterTo overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself.

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Aging with a Spinal Cord Injury

With life expectancy for people with a spinal cord injury getting longer, Curtis finds out what lies ahead.

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After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed

In After War Zoë H. Wool explores how the American soldiers most severely injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle to build some kind of ordinary life while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from grievous injuries like lost limbs and traumatic brain injury.

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Berk Pens Book with Insights from a Life-Altering Injury

Following a disciplined exercise and physical therapy regimen that still demands hours of his time every day, Berk has regained enough use of his arms to be able to feed himself and enough use of his legs to be able to stand, walk a bit and ride a recumbent three-wheel bicycle.

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The First Things You Feel After a Spinal Cord Injury | Any One of Us

Any One of Us is a documentary chronicling pro mountain biker Paul Basagoitia’s life-changing journey to recovery after suffering a spinal cord injury.

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Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life

Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In these candid reflections, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships.

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After Two ACL Tears, a Skier Reconnects with Her Body and Her Sport

After her second ACL injury, Sophia had to learn to have faith in her body again.

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