Spinal Cord Injury
This Center can help Veterans with a spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D) and their families. When someone has an SCI/D, they often wonder what life will be like. Will they be able to hold a job, make and keep friends, have a family, or do other things that make life meaningful? Things that seemed easy before the injury may now seem hard.
When you have these questions, talk to your spinal cord injury team and to other people who live with spinal cord injuries. You will find that most people with a spinal cord injury are able to do things to make life good, but they might need to find new ways to do some things. The links below can help you avoid problems so that you can think about living a healthy and fulfilling life. This site encourages healthy living through developing healthier behaviors that are easy to start and easy to keep doing. Getting Started
Self-Management: Tools you can use to help you eat healthier, get or stay fit, or stop smoking
Caregiver Information: Some resources for caregivers
Support and Encouragement: Links to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and Winter Sports Clinic
Reviewed/Updated Date: June, 2011
Clinical Advisory Board: Dr. Margaret C. Hammond
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Barry Goldstein, Monique Washington
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Rachael Beard, Ronald D. Young
Tip of the Day
Don't bite off more than you can chew! Manage your time more effectively. Make a "To Do List" of things that you can achieve and set priorities. Break tasks into smaller-sized chunks. Delegate as much as you can. Remember that tomorrow is another day, and come to terms with the fact that you may not get everything done today.
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