Daily Archives: June 29, 2019
Don’t let your spinal cord injury tank your self-esteem.
Forty-seven people get a spinal cord injury every day in the U.S. That’s more than 17,500 new spinal cord injuries each year. But for each of these people, the accident that causes their injury changes their entire lives.
Being born disabled means you learn how to live with your impairment from a young age. Being disabled due to an injury brings many mental challenges with a new type of loss. You have to take everything you knew about living your life and thrown it out the window. You go from being able to walk around on your own and take care of yourself to entirely depending on someone else to take care of most of your basic needs.
Spc. Brent Garlic’s dream of joining the NBA came to an end after he was injured during a deployment when a fuel tank following his vehicle through a mountainous terrain lost control of its breaks on a steep hill and hit the rear of his truck.
Before his accident, Garlic was living out two dreams: serving in the Army and playing ball – the things he loved the most.
“I was on track to going to play (basketball) professionally before the accident,” Garlic, 40, said. “That’s why I was so mad when the accident happened, I lost two dreams at once,” he said.