My name is Barbara, I’m 36 years old and I’m quadriplegic since 1987, when, following a fall from my swing, I suffered a cervical spinal cord injury that has affected me the full use of my arms and legs. I consider myself a “Cure Girl” because I wish with all my heart that a cure will be found soon for all types of spinal cord injury and for all levels. In particular, for all those injuries that cause the total and/or partial loss of autonomy in taking care of themselves.
The severity of my injury and its high level (C4-C5) resulted in a condition of dependence to perform the actions necessary to daily life, causing great inconvenience not only to me. Being dependent on others is one of the worst things that a human being can experience. All this is aggravated by the fact that, in most cases, family has to take the whole load of assistance. Therefore, only permanent cure to recover at least all those movements that allow complete autonomy is the only way to change things; every other remedy is only a palliative.
The focus on medical research to cure spinal cord injuries is very lacking, especially in Italy, and this is because there is a very little information on the consequences which this type of trauma involves… as if paralysis itself is not enough to require the need of a cure!
Thanks to Internet we can spread our voice and let everyone know what is actually a spinal injury, so everyone will realize how important it is to always keep the spotlight on medical research, as it occurs with many other disabilities.
“Happiness is… feel the hair through your fingers… take a child in your arms… clapping at a concert… hold in your hands a cup of hot milk… walking barefoot on wet sand…
It does not take much to be happy.”
Our Cure Girl Barbara