A support group may be one of the most important aspects of the healing process post-SCI. While the right wheelchair and an accessible home are important, finding a group of people you can relate to is just as important. Support groups can help you accept your new situation, find your confidence again, and can help you become more social.
Unfortunately, many people with new spinal cord injuries avoid other people in wheelchairs. Many newly injured people don’t want to belong to this new world, and it can take years to accept these great people as comrades. A spinal cord injury support group can help you find a happier life sooner than you’d ever think to be possible.
Life is too short to let your injury to take away any more time from your life or your happiness. Below, please watch a video showing how a support group helped an injured man from Canada in a huge way. Also, a list of state-by-state spinal cord injury support groups can be found below.
- Find your confidence again
- Interact with people better
- Heal by talking with others who know exactly what you’re going through
- Discover adaptive sports
- Let go of anger
- Become more social
- Support yourself by helping people with new injuries
- Rediscover “you”
- State-by-state list of SCI support groups from United Spinal http://www.spinalcord.org/spinal-network/support-groups/