Age: 68

Location: New York

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, T4, T5 for 16 years

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren; volunteering as Christian Education Director at my church and as Director of Services at a Christian counseling agency; participating in mid-18th century Scottish historical re-enactment; listening to traditional Celtic and Bluegrass music

Why did you become a peer mentor? I used my disability benefits to finally complete the bachelor’s degree in psychology I started 33 years before my injury. I then went on to earn my master’s degree in professional counseling and become a licensed mental health counselor. My 14-year experience adjusting to my “new normal” of life as viewed from a wheelchair and experience as a mental health professional have provided me with something that I hope will be helpful, useful, and encouraging to others starting out on their own path into their own “new normal.”

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