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For many, living with spinal cord injuries creates social, physical and emotional challenges. One of the best ways to initially address these challenges is to meet with peers and mentors who have dealt with the same types of difficulties and hear how they overcame them. Getting together for social events, physical activity, or are listening to guest speakers together can help to forge lifetime friendships that will only make you (and your peers) stronger.
Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) offers the “Support, Challenge, Inspire!” community outreach program to anyone living with, dealing with and adjusting to the problems, pressures and challenges that occur with spinal cord injuries. The support group meets monthly with different discussion topics set for each meeting. The main goal for this support group is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injuries and their families. Recent topics include: Living with SCI, Shoulder Preservation, Exercise and Fitness and Assistive Technology. There is no cost to attend these meetings.
These support group gatherings will provide participants with an environment for gaining knowledge regarding living with spinal cord injuries through guest speakers, question and answer sessions, as well as problem identification and solution. The meetings also allow for general social interaction, peer support, and the development of new friendships.
“I will tell anyone that will listen about the group. It has helped me in more ways than I can count," said Jennifer Phillips, who is a participant of the group and a C5 Quadriplegic. "I've learned how to do day to day tasks just by talking and/or observing others with SCI's. I've been inspired to do things like feed myself, write, use a manual wheelchair, ride a hand cycle, Jet ski and much more. It has been a very important and inspiring part of my life since the second Tuesday of September 2006 when my former OT Kenny convinced me to attend my first meeting. More than 3 years later and I've only missed 2 or 3 meetings. I couldn't see my life without this group and I am so proud to be a part of it.”
Learn more about Support, Challenge, Inspire’s upcoming meeting dates, topics and events.
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