Age: 50

Location: Missouri

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, T9 for 23 Years

Hobbies/Interests: The outdoors, hunting and fishing

Why did you become a peer mentor? I was asked to become a peer mentor by a therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis.I chose to live my life as “normal” as anyone without physical challenges and I don’t let my wheelchair define me or my life. I believe you have to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel no matter how faint it may be. If you lose sight of the light, you’ll spend your life wandering around in the dark. Sometimes just talking to someone who has been where you are can give you the strength to push on and keep moving forward.

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