Don't Look Back

Many people ask me, "What would you be doing if you were not paralyzed?"

While I don't take any offense to the question, it is a poor use of time to predict "what if."
Of course, I would love to be able to move my body and be independent.
I wish my mother didn't have to care for her adult son 24/7, or have her entire life revolve around me.
However, the reason I don't focus on "what if" is because I have been afforded an incredible opportunity to raise awareness for spinal cord injury and educate others on life with paralysis.
When people think of a spinal cord injury, they understand I can't walk.
But there are many other complications, including the inability to control bowel, bladder and sexual function, or regulate my body temperature.
I am also at a heightened risk for bladder infections, sepsis, autonomic dysreflexia and pressure sores.
Many people living with spinal cord injury find themselves in and out of hospitals, trying to manage these complications.
I have a platform to educate, as well as inspire others to persevere, despite challenges and obstacles.
Imagining what my life could have been like is not only unproductive, but it also minimizes the impact I have achieved over the past five years.
All I can do is stay focused on the future and not waste time replaying the past.
So, in honor of the fifth anniversary of my injury, let's huddle together to further fuel research initiatives and provide funding to transform scientific breakthroughs into treatments.
Please contribute to my #FiveYearsForward campaign today.
Together, as Team LeGrand, let's raise $52,000 by the end of 2015 to advance spinal cord research.
Here's to #FiveYearsForward.
Keep bELieving,
Eric LeGrand
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