Paraplegia

Sometimes I wonder if I'm as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries - Stephen Hawking

Paraplegia

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What Not to Say to Someone in a Wheelchair

My husband is a paraplegic. He's also a great father, a loving spouse and an occasional marathoner. He gets around independently in a manual wheelchair. He has what is known as a T4/5 complete injury, but that's not something most people need to know. The main thing they need to know is he can do almost anything. He may not do it the same way you do, but he does it nonetheless.

An online acquaintance of mine recently used the term "wheelchair bound," a phrase all too frequently used, but scorned by the disabled community. I explained to her not only the fact that it wasn't politically correct, but that there are plenty of people with disabilities who are far from bound to their chairs.…

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