The pain and suffering that goes with a spinal injury isn’t just physical, the psychological impact is immeasurable. To be told that you’re paralysed from the shoulders down and will never walk again is incomprehensible to most, but a harsh reality to others.
Whilst everybody who has suffered a spinal injury is unique and reacts differently, most, if not all, go through the same range of emotions.
“Why me?” “If only…”
Once the numbness of the news begins to fade and the harsh reality starts to hit home, the choices of how you deal with the injury arise.
Some people sink into a deep depression, some become bitter and angry, some refuse to accept and some begin adapting their life – most will taste a little of all.
Once again, Marrianne has allowed us to share her views with you. It is important to realise that what we share with you is only Marrianne’s opinion; we do not condemn anyone else or ask that you concur with the points.
Marrianne has nothing but gratitude for everyone who has been involved in her recovery since day one. The medical staff of ‘The Osborn Spinal Unit’ were amazing. Whilst the prognosis given by the doctors wasn’t a good one, they were simply expressing their professional opinion and working only with the tools given.
Since leaving the unit, Marrianne has been dedicated to following a rehabilitation programme. Treating the programme as a ‘job’, Marrianne uses the working week to complete the majority of her programme. Whilst we cannot ‘recommend’ this path to anyone, we can explain what we have done and the results that have followed. To quote Marrianne, “Whilst my ultimate dream is to one day walk again, in the mean time I strive to make as much progress as possible. When the cure comes, my body will be ready! The whole process of trying ideas and pushing oneself helps to keep me going psychologically, regardless of the outcome. I will never stop trying or believing”.
Marrianne has been able to visit clinics in London, Europe and America. Some ideas are considered ‘alternative’, whilst others are considered more mainstream. Anything tried has to be given time and patience. Some ideas have been great whilst others, not so good. Following these visits and after speaking to a variety of people with SCI and people who work in the SCI world, Marrianne has developed a specific exercise routine which she follows. The routine has changed a lot since Marrianne’s initial release from hospital and we constantly try to update things and keep things fresh and challenging.
If you roll the curser over ‘Marrianne’s Rehab’ link you will see a number of drop downs. Each of these gives a little more detail as to Marrianne’s daily, weekly, monthly and annual commitment to progress… more determined today than ever!
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