New documentary "Coming to my Senses" shows story of unexpected regained mobility

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on November 27, 2017 # News

In 1999, Aaron Baker broke his neck in a motocross accident, leaving him completely paralyzed from the neck down. Despite doctors' grim prognosis, over the next 16 years Aaron decided not to listen to those who said 'he had a million-to-one odds of ever feeding himself again' and instead endeavored to regain as much mobility as possible. This journey through the unknown took him from the depths of depression to the joys of cross country road tripping via tandem bicycle with his mother and friends, and finally, culminated in his opening a socially conscious low-cost gym focused on increasing mobility for the disabled. Now, in Coming to my Senses, we watch as Aaron takes one final journey which symbolizes his recovery: to cross a 20 mile tract of Death Valley unsupported on foot. But will he make it?

Though Coming to my Senses chronicles the recovery of an individual living with a high-level spinal injury, the film is much broader in scope and application that individuals of all stripes can take away a message of perseverance in the face of disheartening odds.

You can watch the film’s trailer here.

The filmmakers have heard from numerous individuals that one of the key factors in their recovery from injury is hearing the stories of those before them that managed the system and virtually insurmountable odds that come with the injury. With that in mind, the Coming to my Senses team is thrilled to announce that the film is now available for campus and community screenings. You can request a screening by completing this form, and once the details of your event are confirmed, you will receive a digital screening toolkit, discussion guide, social media graphics and content to promote your event, and a DVD or Blu ray for your screening.

The Coming to my Senses film team is grateful to the Reeve Foundation for their persistence in accumulating resources and making those resources available for the broader SCI community. In doing so, they have opened the door to a conversation about the lack of long term rehabilitation and exercise facilities embracing the needs of those with a disabling or chronic condition.

You can learn more about the film and find a screening near you by visiting the film’s website,

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