Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection

Yvonne’s Story

Life After Spinal Cord Injury

In this short video, she shares the way she viewed herself and her life after a spinal cord injury. An avid runner, she struggled to adjust to life without running as an outlet for stress and anxiety. Hear about her journey to acceptance and how she navigated the self-doubt and uncertainty that accompanies a spinal cord injury. Yvonne’s life after spinal cord injury is very active and she participates in many adaptive sports including biking and kayaking. Today she is thriving.

Our Stories includes snapshots of life after a spinal cord injury. SCI is life-changing, but those connected to community are the most likely to thrive. No one anticipates having a spinal cord injury. There is no cure, and few are prepared for such a catastrophic change. But there is hope. There are others who are on a similar journey.

Yvonne’s Story is just one person’s journey, but it highlights many of the fears, struggles, and doubts those with a spinal cord injury often face.

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection helps to fan the flames of resilience and map a plan to health and hope. We are a bridge to vital community resources and services, and those who get connected to our Community Health Worker Team can overcome this trying time and thrive!


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Yvonne - Life after a spinal cord injury

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelo

The SCI community is full of individuals overcoming adversity and thriving. Seeing others succeed and a “frequent dose of community” can make the transition to the new normal after a spinal cord injury easier. Share your story to help others see what’s possible.

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Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection

PO BOX 17516
Portland, OR 97217

Email: contact@oregonsci.org