Each day in Ontario, families begin one of the world’s most challenging journeys. Your support is needed to provide the services that will help them navigate their way to their best possible recovery.
Megan is an SCIO community member who shared her story of perseverance and determination to take back her independence following spinal cord injury.
“I started to have pain in my right leg. Six months later I was in significant pain and experiencing numbness from my right hip all the way down to my ankle. I was going to the doctor’s office and hospital emergency room trying to get diagnosed – I knew something was really wrong. On August 20, 2017, I woke up unable to walk. I got down on the floor and crawled to my phone and called my husband Ben and I said “you need to come home to let the paramedics in because I can’t walk.”
The ER Doctor told me I had a slipped disc that was puncturing my spinal cord and almost splitting it in half. He told me I needed emergency surgery to remove the disc and to try to fix the damage but that I only had a 1% chance of walking again. The first thing that flashed before my eyes was my three-year-old son and my husband and
how are they going to manage.
I woke up every morning determined to get home to my son and my husband. My son would come to visit me but it was nothing like being at home. Being away from my son for so long was the hardest part of my journey. I didn’t get to kiss him before bed for so many nights. I didn’t get to pick his clothes out for the morning or make him dinner every night for those long months.
Needless to say, I felt lost. Thankfully, Chris from Spinal Cord Injury Ontario provided me with valuable information and the comfort of knowing that there was a community of people offering support and guidance to me, including Sally, the peer mentor he connected me with.
I worked hard on getting my balance and leg strength to reappear. I had to learn how to do everything over again but I was beyond determined. When I left rehabilitation I was still in a wheelchair but that didn’t stop me from getting stronger. After months of hard physiotherapy and occupational therapy, I walked on my own with only leg braces and a walker.
As my recovery progressed, Chris made it possible for me to go biking with my son by arranging for his friend Zac to give me handcycle. He also arranged for me to try adaptive sailing and skiing, these experiences have helped build my confidence for everyday activities and shown me that I can have an active life like before my injury. These are just a few examples of the support that Spinal Cord Injury Ontario has provided to me on my road of recovery.
Ben’s support and love throughout has been wonderful, and he gave me the best gift ever, my son Hudson. Being a mother has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I will continue to push myself to get stronger, both emotionally and physically, in order to be able to take the best care of my son.
Yes, I am now a mom living with a disability. No, I will not give up. Instead I will continue to the make the best of myself and I will push forward. Confucius said, “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” I not only intend to remember and live this way, but I also hope to teach my son this valuable life lesson through my own strength and experiences.
The care that I have received from Spinal Cord Injury Ontario has been beyond wonderful and more than helpful in my recovery, both mentally and physically. Thank you for giving and making this support possible.
P.S I encourage you to give so others can be helped.”
Each day in Ontario someone like Megan begins one of the world’s most challenging journeys. You can make a lasting impact in their life and the lives of their family by making certain they have help in their time of need.
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We are the largest agency in the province providing support, service and advocacy to people with spinal cord injury. The Ontario government recognizes our role in improving circumstances for 33,000 Ontarians living with an SCI, and supporting thousands of family members, and so provides funding for our work. Though critical, this government funding does not cover the full scope of services to our clients. Which means our donors fill that vital gap.
And it means when a newly injured young man, like Josh pictured on this page, has worked through some fears and feels ready to go back to where he taught skiing before his injury, he can. And, as he does, he can discover just how much strength he has to meet those fears, and experience the joy of the hill from a completely different angle.VIEW SCIO ANNUAL REPORT