Sharon M

Age: 47

Location: Arizona

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, T5, T12 for 8 years

Hobbies/Interests: kayaking, scuba, crafting, target shooting, teaching safety awareness

Why did you become a peer mentor? I was recruited to be a mentor by the team at Arizona Spinal Cord Association. I am passionate about being a mentor to others as I had family support, but they were not equipped with the knowledge of daily living with an SCI. I want to provide information from what I learned so no other families have to play the same guessing games we did. It takes a lot of mental strength to overcome an injury and helping others get there and be confident in their new normal is a goal I love fulfilling.

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