The first time I ever visited Miami was before my injury. I went there on holiday and was partying hard and dancing on all the bars in South Beach, having the time of my life.
It’s kind of ironic that this was one of the first places I visited after my spinal cord injury in 2004. I visited the Brucker Biofeedback Centre for biofeedback treatment over a course of three weeks. I also was eager to visit The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
The Miami Project is one of the biggest research centres in the world for spinal cord injury. They work closely with Spinal Research UK too.
It’s such an inspiring place for me to visit as there are so many positive people doing so much to find a cure for us.
I first became friends with Kim Anderson, a researcher at the Miami Project about five years ago. Kim too is a tetraplegic like me. She had her injury quite a few years ago and got so involved with SCI research that she studied it and now is one of the top researchers at the Miami Project. She is such an inspiration to me and a really lovely lady.
Kim and I spoke about the progress of the clinical trials which are taking place now on acute injuries at the MP. She said that if these are successful they will eventually be carried out on chronics. All going well so far but both of us agree that we are very excited about other trials taking part on chronics.
She also mentioned that this is the most exciting time she has ever known with the work being done all over the world.
THERE REALLY IS HOPE… NOT ‘IF’ BUT WHEN.
Cure Girl Lolly