Travelling is one of the things I love the most… and it is one of the things I miss the most in my life. I love to travel but since my spinal cord injury I can do it only if there are some conditions. I made just one big journey after my injury… I went to Australia two years ago… that was my first real trip I made in my life and I could make it thanks to my parents, I can’t move anywhere without them and specially without my mother’s care (except of some circumstances). During my life with my injury I always had to give many trips up because I couldn’t have the assistance I need, and this is something that made me suffer in silence several times.
By in my experience I can say that travelling itself is not impossible for people with spinal cord injury, but it needs proper organization before leaving. About my journey to Australia, for example, I had a catheter with a bag to collect urine because I coudn’t use the toilet on the plane; this is one of the problems a spinal cord injuried has to deal with. Then I would have to avoid the risk of causing pressure sores because of many hours sitting, but the seat was too narrow to put my wheelchair cushion on, so I had to travel 12 hours without any protection. Luckily everything went fine, but you can’t count on fortune every time… this is something that people with spinal cord injury can’t afford. I’ve longed for a trip to Australia for many years and I am grateful to have had a dream come true… but that can’t be repeated even if I desire it much more than the first time.
Saint Augustine said: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”
I can add that many people have no possibility even only to open that book.
We need a Cure for Chronic Spinal Cord Injury!
Cure Girl Barbara