- Noel Gorden
- Summerland Key, FL
- United States
Why is no one talking about spinal cord injuries? Why do we who have them get so ignored?
My L1 vertebra shattered. My children were told that I would never walk again. I walk, and have made vast improvements since I stopped seeing a doctor. I do not believe that because no one has done something yet it cannot be done, and I do believe that that lack of precedent does not stop progress. I think that progress in surgical remedy for SCI is far beyond current dour and unquestioned beliefs that the medical community shares with us, the patients.
I was just over 50 when I was injured. My cord was not severed. I was told that I would be numb, in pain, & never have control of my elimination. I was to spend the rest of my life manually removing solid waste & using catheters. While it has been very difficult, I have gained as much or more control as a toddler o er fecal expulsion. While I have not begun a program for training my bladder, I am already feeling full, a need to urinate and sometimes get to the toilet on time. All after spending the years between 50 & 60 addicted to opiate pain meds. If anyone else has done this or not, I think doctors need to revise their thinking about the future of sci injury & the healing possibilities.