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Five things they don’t tell you in rehab

Published: May 25, 2013

wheelchairs in rehabWriting, cooking, buttoning buttons and the always fun balloon toss — we learn and do a lot in rehab after a debilitating injury. They try to squeeze in as much as possible (which isn’t easy with insurance cuts). And they try to think of everything that might come up, but this is a far-off dream — preparing us for every little thing is impossible.

That’s why I’m here, and you too. All of us who’ve gone through a severe injury have a ton of knowledge to share with the newbies of the world. From real-world PCA handling to something as simple as sleeping in your bed again, things are going to be a smidge different in real life than what they tell you in rehab. Read on for five things they don’t tell you in rehab.

Adapting to life with a spinal cord injury

Published: May 25, 2013

justin-spinalinjuryLife without pain would be “incredible”, says 24-year-old Justin Levene from London.

“It would be nice to have a bit of variety.”

Three years ago, two days before his 21st birthday, Justin coughed and then collapsed with acute pain in his back and down his legs.

He had suffered a herniated disc with severe nerve damage which left him in constant pain.

After several years of surgical procedures, including undergoing spinal fusion, the damage to his spinal cord left him unable to walk.

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