CHOICES - Spinal Cord Injury: You Do Have CHOICES Research...

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Spinal Cord Injury: You Do Have CHOICES Research & Training Center On Independent Living University of Kansas Project Co-Directors Kenneth J. Golden, Pam Willits, Glen White Editor Judith Galas Contributors Consultants Diane Aaron, Regional Director Steve Palermo Chapter of the Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation Reviewers Cee Abbey Karen Embry Jeff Farney Bob Mikesic Shelia Roth Ann Sampson Chris Sampson Jill Street Debbie Waggener Sandi Wicina Funding The Education and Training Foundation (ETF Grant #357-97) under the Aegis of the Paralyzed Veterans of America © 2000 Barbara Bradford Cielo Dehning, M.D. Ken Gerhart Linda Born Heimer, CRRN Donovan Lee Kim McGinnis, OTR Lori Richards Spain Rehabilitation Center Sandra Wicina John Chappell Tim Elliot Mandy Goodnight Cindy Higgins Frederick M. Maynard, M.D Mike Oxford Dana Solomon, OTR Jim Verbout Dean Wilson
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ii I’ve dreamed of CHOICES for so long! My hope is that the information you find will act as a road map through the storm and help you to find the sunshine in your life once again. My son-in-law, Steve Palermo, was shot and paralyzed on July 7, 1991. He was told he would never walk again. Due to the extent and degree of Steve’s injury and due to his vigorous rehabilitation, he is now walking with a short leg brace and cane. In December of 1992, the Steve Palermo Foundation for Spinal Cord Injuries was founded based on the desire of Steve and my daughter Debbie’s desire to help others with spinal cord injury. In January 1995, the Foundation merged with the Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation, a foundation with the same vision . Many families going through the same uncertainties that our family went through have called or written the Foundation asking for support. I soon realized the great need for a publication or directory that would put people in contact with those who could simplify the unknown at a most devastating time in their life. This is what Debbie needed at the time of Steve’s injury . . . CHOICES ! Someone once said to me, “When a spinal cord injury happens, you feel like standing still, but you know you must move forward.” But how? There are many questions to ask. We know that CHOICES can’t answer all of your questions, but we have attempted to give you information that will help you to make educated decisions. CHOICES allows you to have a sense of control over your life . . . providing reassurance that there IS life after spinal cord injury. “Poetry is a translation of feelings into words, an attempt to understand.” When Steve was first injured, many words of wisdom were sent to us. The following poems are but a few that helped me and my family. I hope that they can bring you and your loved ones some comfort as you go through this very trying time. My thanks to the Research & Training Center on Independent Living at the University of
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