Before her spinal cord injury, Donnas life was pretty typical. She was married, had a 4-year old son, and worked full time as a corporate reference librarian. Donna needed surgery to relieve pressure caused by herniated disks in her neck, and planned for 6 weeks leave to recover. When she awoke after surgery however, she was totally paralyzed. All I could do was shrug my shoulders. I was out of work for a year and I was in and out of physical therapy for 23 years. It was loss of independence that was the hardest to accept, Donna recalled. For more information, go to KesslerFoundation.net

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