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SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

INTRODUCING SCI HEROES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

This September, we aim to raise SCI awareness by sharing 30 different stories from 30 individuals with SCI, highlighting their tragedies and triumphs each day on our social channels and website. Walking With Anthony receives thousands of grant applications every year from individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in desperate need of help. Each story has the same underlying theme: these brave heroes need mental, physical, and financial guidance and support. 

SCI HERO

Amanda Stuckey

Amanda

Woke up normally 8/10/15 & sat up in bed stretching a little when I suddenly felt a sharp pain in the back of my neck.

My hands started tingling and going numb, and it quickly moved up my arms & down my entire body, and was completely paralyzed within 15 minutes. Was married at the time & he took me to the ER where I continued to worsen over the next few days.

Lost my diaphragm and was put on the ventilator by day 3 and was in n out of a medically induced coma for about 8 days as they tried to get my body to stop attacking my spinal cord. I swelled bilaterally from C2-T2, was put on heavy steroids & had plasmapheresis. I had to get a tracheotomy in ICU, PICC line, and feeding tube.

After 2 weeks in ICU, I spent 6 weeks in an acute care facility, then 4 weeks of inpatient rehab. Misdiagnosed with Guillan Barre & NeuroMyelitis Optica, and ultimately diagnosed with acute Transverse Myelitis with lesions at C5-6.

I came home 11/3/15 in a wheelchair completely dependent on others. It took a solid 6 months before I was able to use a walker confidently. My husband quickly realized he didn’t want me like this and left me a few months after I returned home, with our 2 yr old son and my 9 year old daughter.

My daughter became my helper & critch and helped me to relearn how to do things with my still partially paralyzed body. I live 95% independently with my 2 kids & 2 dogs, 7 years later. I’m still partially paralyzed from the chest down– I can’t feel temperature or external pain for the most part, I’d say I can feel maybe 60%. My left leg doesn’t work all the way & I wear an AFO.

My hands hardly function, I can wiggle my fingers and lift them up with tenodesis but can’t close them/curl them to make a fist at all, they’re stuck mostly straight. I have bladder and bowel incontinence but not fully, I do have a little control, but I wear incontinence protective products.

I’m really trying to find assistance with purchasing a newer minivan for myself & my kids. I’m driving a 2004 Chevrolet Venture that’s reached 170k miles on it that isn’t going to safely last me much longer. I’m overwhelmed by the inflation of used vehicle prices suddenly and am worried that I’ll be stuck without transportation soon.

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More SCI Heroes

Please share these stories during the month of September to help us raise awareness for spinal cord injury:

Rhonda Williams
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Rhonda Williams

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Stephanie Nichols-Rodas

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Eden Hoelscher
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Stevie VanAusdale

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Casey Ellin
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Michael Kim
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Anne Nelson
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Anne Nelson

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DISCLAIMER:

Walking With Anthony receives thousands of grant applications every year from individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in desperate need of help. Although we are not able to directly support every individual, for your participation you will receive valuable resources regarding mentorship, mental health, community, advice, and education to help you on your SCI journey. 30 stories will be chosen to share on social media, and those individuals will also receive $200 of wellness supplements to aid in their recovery.

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