Doing therapy at SCI-FIT has been amazing and, beyond the exercise and nervous-system retraining, I’ve had a host of other insights during my time at the gym: learning about different ways to stretch, hearing of other exercise modalities, and simply joining a group of individuals who all share some common experience. One of the most important realizations, though, relates to the process: through others’ and my own progress, I can see the steps and benchmarks that I must make to recover. Beyond this, I now know that I really do have the ability, with more focused effort, to get back on my own feet.
Let me pause there, because that is HUGE.
I always believed I could, and I told myself every day that I could, but it is so much more real now. As such, I have made the decision to return to MIT not this coming year, but in the fall of 2015. This will allow me to take the necessary time to focus on re-educating my body, and on gaining independence from others and from my wheelchair.
It is, from where I now sit, the only logical option.
But wait…there is one more bit of news! We now have a way to accept contributions to my recovery in a form that is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. The organization HelpHOPELive, a 501(c)(3), will process donations in my name and, after my request for coverage, make a payment directly to the therapy provider.
I am happy to announce this because, given my plan to extend my intensive recovery, treatment expenses will remain high. I’d also like to take this time to express once more my gratitude to those who have already contributed. The progress you see in the pictures and videos that I post is, in part, due to your extraordinary generosity. Onward!