Daily Archives: January 14, 2004
Most people begin by telling some tragic story about paralysis. The tragic part often happens after the injury.
During high school, I had a teacher who had been injured in Viet Nam. He taught marketing, computer skills and much more about life. He was someone you could just sit around with and kick the bull. Very rarely did he talk about what he’d been through but you just knew it was a lot. When he did reflect back on those days it was kept very brief and it was something you respected. Shortly after my accident, he said to me, “right now is the easiest you’ll ever have it.” I had just received the biggest blow of my life and was loosing everything and everyone around me.
Thirty years ago, I had a car accident that rendered me quadriplegic. As you can imagine, this one moment changed everything. One week later, as I lay in bed trying to fathom what happened, I heard the doctor in the hall saying: “did anyone take care of the Quad in 301”? At that moment, I realized that if I didn’t say something and keep saying something, the person that once was Dan would now be just “the quad”. At that moment I felt I was in great danger of losing myself.
You see, trauma, like life itself, creates a story that must be told. Life is lived through stories. It’s how we define ourselves and how we experience emotional intimacy.
Louisville, KY… The Kresge Foundation has awarded Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services (JHHS) a $1.5 million challenge grant to aid in the completion of Frazier Rehab Institute’s $88 million capital campaign. As part of the challenge grant, the Jewish Hospital Foundation must raise $9.4 million for Frazier Rehab Institute by June 1, 2005 to receive the $1.5 million grant award.