Age: 25

Location: Massachusetts

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, C4, C5 for 5 years

Hobbies/Interests: Attending law school

Why did you become a peer mentor? Living with spinal cord injury is something that only those of us who live with an SCI can truly understand. After my injury, I found my traditional support network really struggled to try to help me accept my new normal. Instead of reaching out, I struggled to readjust, especially returning to University in a wheelchair. Now, I hope to be able to use the experiences I have gained in the last five years -- attending college; being a young, twenty-something; working towards independence -- to help guide others as they adjust to their own new normal, thriving despite spinal cord injury.

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This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.