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    Cures around the corner - I think they call this false hope

    The question is do we live in hope of a cure around the corner or accept the way we are and get on with our lives.

    My long term view has to accept the way I am - but not so with many people.

    I remember the press reporting about PC Olds who stumbled upon an armed post office robbery. He got shot and became paralyzed from the waist down. The Daily Mail had a hero who they were going to fund and get him to walk again - great publicity and a money spinner. The paper built his hopes up. He was flown to America and had the very best treatment available taking photos of him in a standing position - it was short lived. Within weeks of returning home he committed suicide as he learnt that he could never walk again.

    Remember Superman - he broke his neck - our first super crip who was also going to walk again. He poured loads of money and fund raised for medical advancements in a cure for spinal cord damage. As you know despite all his millions he never improved.

    When I broke my neck aged 19 people wanted to give me hope by saying a cure is just around the corner. I think it probably took me about 5 years to come to terms with who I became.. I was lucky as I had a job working as a junior commercial artist in my late teens - and one I enjoyed. Despite my impairment I was able to hold down a job through two recessions and buy my own home.

    IMy secret was never to get bitter with what had happened to me. I accepted the way I was ad wasn't hoping for any cures - that would be a waste of time and energy.

    Now, 36 years later, there's still no cure around the corner.

    The sooner you accept the way you are the happier your outlook. I actually found new friends, new hobbies and new ways of thinking which I think made me a better person.

    So don't hold out for miracle cures - be happy.

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    The thing is that new developments in bio-mechanical devices such as the stance control kafo for polio or stroke punters seems to be the way forward.Indeed anything that is a practical aid to mobility or aiding any of the senses that are impaired is the best option.Magic pills or injections are as you rightly imply, a fantasy.

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    Good advice........ but subjective.
    Hope for many is the only thing that keeps them going, dealing with a physical disability is different to a medical illness or mental health issue.
    It tends to depend on the amount of daily suffering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighttouch View Post
    The question is do we live in hope of a cure around the corner or accept the way we are and get on with our lives.

    My long term view has to accept the way I am - but not so with many people.

    I remember the press reporting about PC Olds who stumbled upon an armed post office robbery. He got shot and became paralyzed from the waist down. The Daily Mail had a hero who they were going to fund and get him to walk again - great publicity and a money spinner. The paper built his hopes up. He was flown to America and had the very best treatment available taking photos of him in a standing position - it was short lived. Within weeks of returning home he committed suicide as he learnt that he could never walk again.

    Remember Superman - he broke his neck - our first super crip who was also going to walk again. He poured loads of money and fund raised for medical advancements in a cure for spinal cord damage. As you know despite all his millions he never improved.

    When I broke my neck aged 19 people wanted to give me hope by saying a cure is just around the corner. I think it probably took me about 5 years to come to terms with who I became.. I was lucky as I had a job working as a junior commercial artist in my late teens - and one I enjoyed. Despite my impairment I was able to hold down a job through two recessions and buy my own home.

    IMy secret was never to get bitter with what had happened to me. I accepted the way I was ad wasn't hoping for any cures - that would be a waste of time and energy.

    Now, 36 years later, there's still no cure around the corner.

    The sooner you accept the way you are the happier your outlook. I actually found new friends, new hobbies and new ways of thinking which I think made me a better person.

    So don't hold out for miracle cures - be happy.
    Such good advice that we should all take on board.

    Mind you, you seemed to have missed out on those that relish in having a bit of a disability - they start looking to see what money they can get because of it in the form of benefits or 'compo'.

    When is a disability not a disability? When the DWP turn down a claim for ESA/DLA/AA!

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