Joseph

Age: 67

Location: Washington

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, T2 for 10 years

Hobbies/Interests: Listening, playing and recording music. I play piano. I also like to read, be outdoors, spending time with family, cooking and going to concerts and movies.

Why did you become a peer mentor? I became a peer mentor due to my own experiences. I was 59 when I fell and injured myself. I had enjoyed an entire lifetime of being athletic and always on the move. After I fell, I was so depressed that I felt that I would rather be dead than paralyzed. With time and hard work, that changed. Now, I measure my life based on what I still have instead of what I lost.

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