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88 Responses to Guestbook

  1. Ethan says:

    Colin,
    Keep forging ahead and challenging yourself I know how you feel, I too am a C-6 quad for 14 yrs. There may be many tough days but there are more that are not
     
    Ethan

  2. Unknown says:

    Colin I am a member of a wonderful organization that assists people with various physical or mental needs thru equine assisted activities. Its called North American Riding for the Handicapped. Our centers are all over the world. If you go to our website narha.org you can check on a center near you. We have received numerous wonderful and positive stories from individuals who have benefited greatly thru this type of therapy.
     
    Please take a look. You wont reget it.
     
    Best Wishes!

  3. Unknown says:

    Check out http://www.liferollson.org and http://www.liferollson.org/twsa
     
    We have an event June 10th from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm at Wrightsville Beach, NC and events are constantly going on in Southern California along with Jesse\’s speaking tour accross the U.S.  Just as you are, Jesse Billauer is a true inspiration and we hope that you continue on with your possitive stride.  All the best to you Colin, and thanks for sharing your story!!!
     
     

  4. Melissa says:

    Here is someone that is new to his paralysis.  He\’d love to hear from you if you are able to respond.  I bet you are getting lots of fan mail now that you\’ve been featured on MSN.  Your story is awesome and you\’re an inspiration!
    http://www.caringbridge.org/cb/inputSiteName.do?method=search&siteName=AdamBooker

  5. Mary Lou says:

    Hi There!  Just happened upon your blog.  I\’ve been 4-wheeled for more than 50 years so will use experience as an excuse to give unasked for advice.  Re: feeling self-conscious in a class–the best phrase I ever heard is "You are not the center of the universe".  Also–dress attractively and like an adult–you are more likely to be treated like one.  Look people in the eye and smile–people will be comforted that you are ok with yourself and they will, if not immediately, become comfortable that you\’re self-confident enough that they don\’t have to worry about saying/doing the wrong thing.  You see, the others think they are the center of the universe.  Be the first to speak to people so they will know you can speak well and have a brain that works well.  Ask them about themselves, then they\’ll think you\’re sooooo interesting!  Pretty soon you will eventually end up not thinking about it that much because your own behavior will eliminate a lot of negative reinforcements.  Also, all my friends after college ended up with or only 2 or 3 close friends, and the rest are acquaintances.  In college/school days we have a lot of "friends" as we all have the school/party scene in common.  If you meet someone who\’s interested in the same stuff as you, ask them over to your house, or some of your family adventures.  They\’ll get to learn how it\’s done, and learn how to do things with you.  Also, I\’ve learned to volunteer–teaching a child to read through the library is a neat thing, and you will meet all the other volunteers who are proabably pretty nice people! It took me years and  years to learn this stuff–sounds like you\’re wayyyy ahead of me in terms of what you know at your age!  So guess I\’ve meddled enought, best wishes!

  6. Unknown says:

    Dude your famous…. Not everyone gets on the cover of MSN.
    My name is Trey Bates I am a t-12. I just moved away from the Charlotte area to Ohio. Anyway I am way into Dissabld sports and doing crazy shit it my wheelchair. I playe dbasketball for the #2 ranked D- III bobcats last year and they are a great bunch of folks to get with. If you ever need anything, have questions, or just want to talk. email anytime.

    Be good
    Trey

  7. Jen says:

    Hi there,
     
    I saw your blog featured on MSN and figured I\’d give \’er a look, so I\’ve been reading through several of your entries and looking at the pics.  First off, I was delighted – yes, delighted – to see you totally owning a mohawk in one of the albums.  That alone makes you one of the coolest people I\’ve never met.
     
    Now seriously, you are quite a writer, and also very insightful.  It\’s obvious you have a great respect for the world around you and its creator, which is a wonderful quality.  I\’m sure that it has been suggested before, but you should consider writing as more than simply a hobby.  You have an eloquent yet direct style, and perhaps most importantly, optimistic.  I\’ve been bummed out about a lot of things lately,  but reading some of your entries definitely managed to put a smile on my face, particularly the one about your Four Wheeling excursion.  So I just wanted to say thank you for that, and take care.
     
    -Jen

  8. benjamin says:

    Colin I am not at all familiar with space. But i am all to familiar with your injury,i crushed c4-c5-and c-6. My fateful day was Oct.6th 2004 and i was out riding my 4 wheeler with friends,and in an instance my whole life changed. Too make a very long story short i was totaly paralyzed and life flighted from the scene. Three very long months and 2 surgerys later i walked into my house. Yes i am blessed very blessed,i still have alot of issues.But seeing your story has givien me alot of inspiration to say the least. May god bless you i cant thank you enough for sharing your ordeal……..

  9. Unknown says:

    Colin I just wanted to say it is so refreshing to read your blog and know that my brother is not alone and that he can still accomplish so many things (he is a C5 Complete). I just found this page today and will continue to read your stories although I think my boss would prefer it if I waited till I got home as I spend a good portion of my day today reading here instead of working lol

  10. Guy says:

    HI, I had a similiar accident in 2001 I took a tumble down a mountain from a snowmobile wjhich also left me in a wheelchair. Wish I had your energy. Ive been starting to lose hope lately. Just ordered a stand up wheelchair hope it helps. Well take care man.

  11. Shelley says:

    Hey Colin~ I just came across your blog tonight while studying, and it
    was exactly what I needed.  I\’m currently in my second year of
    physical therapy school at the Medical University of South Carolina,
    and to be honest, sometimes I hate devoting all my time to studying and
    spending my weekends in the library when everyone else is out having
    fun.  But reading about your experiences has reminded me of why
    I\’m here.  I\’ve always wanted to specialize in TBI/SCI rehab, and
    reading about you has honestly inspired me and refreshed my whole way
    of thinking.  You have such a strong, amazing attitude.  It
    seems to me like you\’re taking every step in the right direction, and I
    hope that someday I can work with people like you.  You\’re in my
    thoughts and prayers, and I look forward to reading more entries about
    your journey.  Best of luck!!

  12. kelli says:

    Colin,
         First, congrats on being featured content!!! I am so pleased to see so many people respond so positively to your very eloquent writing!  Second, I agree with Jen below about the totally awesome mohawk!  That\’s hot.  Third, your insights and faith are beautiful.  Hope summer school is going well!
     
    I can\’t believe I\’ve now commented three times in 24 hours. . . 🙂
     
    –Kelli

  13. Therese says:

    Hi pleased to meet you.
    I will be checking out your site soon
    take care
    trisa
    🙂

  14. amy says:

    Love the mohawk…and your right if you caught me stareing it would be because your pretty darn hot!
    A.J.

  15. Berk Efe says:

    just wanted to say hi:)

  16. carmen says:

    Hi there. Glancing through your blog and wanted to say what a true inspiration you are. You are proof that when tragedy hits, you can overcome and survive. I will be checking back often.
     
    Carmen

  17. Unknown says:

    Colin! Sorry I have been so out of touch. I am so glad your dad sent the e-mail about your feature on MSN. I\’ll send the link to the guys who were there with me that day in July. They ask about you every time we are together. 
     
    We\’ve been back to the falls this year. I did a May trip there, and plan to take some new folks in July. Everyone who goes with me hears your story. I say a prayer for you whenever I am out there.
     
    I really resonate with your most recent comment. You should check my latest blog. I\’ve been reading "The Essential Rumi" this summer as a spiritual treat. I think you would really enjoy it if you haven\’t already read it. It will feed that Eastern Mystic in you.
     
    It did my soul well to see your latest pictures. Drop me a comment some time.
     
    Grace and Peace!  

  18. Nooner™ says:

    Would I like to say hello, you say!  But, of course! HeHe.
    Congratulations on the Best of Spaces nomination, Colin. Awesome spaces you have. Congrats on all you are doing to enjoy your life and conquer all.
     
    ~Nooner~

  19. Jennifer says:

    Colin,
     
    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blogs.  My favorites are when you went waterskiing and trailblazing.  I have been waterskiing (slaloming) for years.  Can\’t wait to hear all about your adventures!!!
     

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I have just recently started reading your blog, but I am touched. I
    have gone back and read through the archives and vistited your site.
    You have turned some very bad days into much more bearable days by just
    being yourself. As a fellow North Carolinian (from Greensboro) it also
    nice to hear about places I know. Keep writing, its helping other
    people as much as its helping you.
    Liz

  21. Michaela says:

    Hey Colin I hope things are well with you !

  22. Lerreace says:

    Hi Colin. I just wanted to let you know that I stopped by your space and enjoyed reading both your space and your site!
    You seem like a very intresting person and I bet you are an inpiration to alot of people.
     
    Drop by my space some time. Catch ya

  23. BePersistent says:

    Hi Collin!
     
    I have just started my internet search for inspiring stories of people who have experienced the lighter side of chronic illness, found that silver lining, so to speak. I am penning a humorous cartoon caption book and even though I have not yet read through your story, I felt compelled to write. In my business, I have the chance to speak with many people every day. I spoke with a young man today in Charlotte, NC who was diagnosed with a brain tumor two weeks ago. I have overcome several illness myself including a brain injury from a serious car accident, crohn\’s disease and PTSD. Of all the people I could come across in my first day search for inspirational stories, I come across two….both from Charlotte, NC! I will be in touch again. Debbie Wilker

  24. Shawn says:

    Colin,
    You are truly amazing.  I just happened across your blog and am shocked at how you can keep your head up and still get things done. Keep up the good work.

  25. Amber says:

    Good site! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. 
     
    How did you manage to make a guest book?  Linked it to your blog somehow it seems.  Could you tell me how it\’s done?  I would really like something of the sort on my site.
     
    Please check out my site and let me know what you think. 
     
    Thanks,
     
    Amber 

  26. Unknown says:

    Hi, Collin!
    Just saying hi. Really get a lot from reading your blog. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Lessie

  27. Cee says:

    Hi, Hon…
     
    I\’ve visited off and on, but I wanted to say Hi.  You are a cool dude whose making the best of a trip of a situation.  I\’ve gathered courage while reading about you.  I\’ll drop a line now and then, but know I\’m checking you out, OK??
     
    Peace and positive vibes!
    Cee

  28. Missy says:

    Thankls for the prompt response to my question.

  29. Marvin says:

    Hii Colin,
     
    very inspiritional blog. I really enjoy reading your blog. It helps me stay focus and look on the bright side of life. You are right life isn\’t always sunny. But we can enjoy those few moments that are. I think you should write a book about your incident, recovery etc. You are a great writer.
     
    thanks again for sharing.
     
    Marvin 🙂

  30. Kelli says:

    I just wanted to say hi!  I am so hooked on your blog I just can\’t wait for you to write more. 🙂  Anyway I just wanted to let you know I love reading everything about you so please keep it up!

  31. Kathleen says:

    Colin,
       Its refreshing to read your blog.  You have a great attitude.  I work in healthcare and know that , that is the most important. Just wanted to say hi and  I will be back for more reading.

  32. Kris says:

    Colin:
     
    A truly remarkable blog!  You get kudos for writing about what you truly feel and it is definitely inspirational!  It\’s hard to accept what has happened to us, even when it makes no sense at the time, but I believe God gives us challenges as a way to help us, not to hinder us. 
     
    I too was given a challenge when I was born, that I\’ve had to deal with my whole 50 years on this earth, but you know it made me a MUCH stronger person and I believe that I have accomplished what I have because of it.  I today have health challenges, nothing compared to yours, but still challenges for me.  I have often times wondered why, but always I come back to the sense that God is giving me time to develop and come to terms with it.  When I have truly accepted it, then there will be other challengers and experiences for me.  But until that time comes, I live day for day.  I admire your honesty and guts.  It takes guts to recover and accept and persevere!  Keep the faith and your mantra will help!  You CAN do this!  You KNOW you can!  I do, everyday!
     
    Kris from Arizona

  33. Snare says:

    Your life story sounds soo familiar… especially the part about UTI\’s.  I respect your determination.  I wish you the best!
     
    Ginger
    NC

  34. Peggy says:

    You are amazing.  Your birthday falls on the same day of my marriage to my husband of 21 years.  We have also had our trials and have been faced with many challenges, they only make us stronger as a person.  My husband fell 22 feet and shattered his heel and many other injuries, he has now returned to work full-time while continuing physical therapy.  He changed jobs, from being a roofer to driving school buses and absolutely loves it.  Unfortunately, while he was out of work, I tried helping him do hay for our small livestock farm and fell off the hay wagon and was ultimately run over by the wagon breaking my back at T-11 and C-9, I had surgery 4 days after my accident, fusion of T-10-T-12 and remained in a back brace for 18 months.  Miracles do happen, I am able to walk (walked out of the hospital on day 6).  I have a long way to go to feeling comfortable with my disabilities that I have from this, but we are stronger then ever.  Please keep your faith, you are an awesome person.

  35. Unknown says:

    keep working \’u will do it. i am at 2 god bless.

  36. Elizabeth Larene says:

    Just stopping by to congratulate you on being featured this week on "What\’s Your Story".

  37. 枫桥 says:

    can i contact with you on msn?
    my is sfqwd@hotmail.com
     

  38. Brittany says:

    Hey Colin
     
    I am glad to read your blog. It is inspiring and gives me hope and interest that maybe I should write a blog of my own, on my own challenges. In Feb of 2006 I had respitory failure and had to be trached. I was in the hospital for 7 weeks and had to withdraw from school. It\’s been the hardest thing I\’ve had to go through in my life. I know how  you feel, it\’s like we go through stages of grief, and suffer and loss. However, strength by a Higher Power…I believe, God, gets us through the hard times. My situation does not compare, but I kinda have an idea of what you are going through and have gone through. Have a fabulous day and  I looked forward to "meeting" you.
     
    Love your sister in Christ,
    Brittany

  39. fkmeimirish says:

    My little brother was in a car accident in June of this year.  He sheared his spinal cord, and while they gave us no hope of recovery beyond saying if he survived he\’d be a vegetable, I held onto that small chance.  I myself have worked in the physical therapy/sports medicine business for many years so I believed I had some idea of what he\’d go through and convinced myself that I could make him better.  I prepared to move across the country to take care of him.  He passed away the next day.  I applaud heroes such as yourself who take the gift you\’ve been given and make the most of it.  Others in your position give up, exist day to day thinking their life is worthless.  I have utmost respect and admiration for the ones that choose not to exist…but to live.  I know Seamus would have been a fighter, and I congratulate you on turning your life into an inspiration.  Thank you…T

  40. Carolina says:

    You are a very strong guy, I wish for the best in your recovery, you have gone a long way already.  Hugs.

  41. Daniel says:

    Hi Colin,
    I found your sight today.  I can sympathize with what you\’re going through as I am also a quad (C5-6).  I know Nate who attends Project Walk with you.  Bill Gates will probably frown upon this seeing as it\’s not a "space," but I keep a very sporadic blog at http://www.rollingon24s.blogspot.com/ I also went to Portugal to have the procedure with Dr. Lima done if you still have questions about that.

  42. stacey says:

    Collin,
         It is very uplifting to see a young man such as yourself with such a positive attitude after such a life-changing injury. Keep up the hard work & it will pay off in spades for you. You are an inspiration to young people everywhere, not just ones with injuries. Hope this finds you doing well.

  43. carrynne says:

    Hey I really enjoyed reading ur blog. I am a mother of a 5 year old Paraplegic little boy. My son was born Paraplegic from cancer that was very present at birth. We have learned so much through him that I never knew existed. He too struggles alot from infections. after fighting with drs we finally found a medicine that kind of makes a difference. He is in PT and has special braces called RGO\’s that allow him to walk with hip movement moving his legs. It totally wipes him out afterwards though. well thanks for being honest in your writtings – merry christmas – carrie

  44. Daphne says:

    Hi Colin!So wierd I found you on here just by coincidence(spelling may be wrong).I\’m really not sure how to send you a messege through here, but I would love to talk to you. I was reading some of your blog and it was like you were totally saying what\’s on my mind..my tragedy happened in june 2004; it was a brain injury that gave me severe stroke like symtoms…But I\’ve been working really hard w/ PT and just doing as much as I can. I am now back in school persueing a degree in graphic design…I go to school and do most things in a wheelchair, but at the same time still working on walking and rehabilitating my body as much as possible! I too made the decision to push myself to the max! As long as it takes.I\’m 22 and i live in Orlando, FL. Please send me an e-mail and I hope to become your friend! I sent u a msn messenger invite thing i think :o) ttyl!

  45. chris says:

    Hi Colin, i really admire what youve done it aspires me. I got in a accident on 6-6-06 (go figure)when i got hit in my truck and i was ejected out the back window which bursted my t-12,broke my t-10 and compressed my spinal cord. I also have UTI problems as well. keep the faith brother

  46. Stephen says:

    Hey Colin! My name is Steve. I\’m a C6 quad and from looking at your pics and stuff I think we live close to each other and may know some of the same people. I thought I saw Candi in your photos from Shepherd. I did some rehab there and stuff. I was hoping we could chat sometime. E-mail me and let me know, TheQuadfather23@hotmail.com. Hope we get to talk soon.

  47. John says:

     
    I have been a para.. sence 1985.  I like your spirit and the way you are working to better your life. What ever happens remember this. There are a lot of us out here that live a full life every day. We just have to go about it a little differently. All ways take the best care of yourself you can. It will help you live better.
     
    Hang Tight
    Stick
     

  48. Patti says:

    Hey Colin:
     
    Keep working hard Hun…sometimes life deals you a shitty hand…..but it\’s all in how you deal with it.  Your a trooper, young man.
     
    Patti

  49. David says:

    From one paralyzed guy to another.
    Keep up the fight and keep working.
     
    Life for you is no where near over. It is only the beginning. We just are just going uphill more that others. 🙂
     
    Check out Paralysis Project

  50. Devlin says:

    Hey Bra!
     
    Good to see and hear a fellow quad with a great attitude! push the bounderies always man, life is very rewarding when you see it from a positive perspective. I\’ve been in a chair since 1984 and I\’ve always maintained that PMS (positive mental attitude) has been the key to my success.
     
    Ciao,
     
    Devlin

  51. gina says:

    Keep the faith and keep working hard.  My husband (then boyfriend of 6 mos.) had a compression burst at his T12 in August 03.  His Drs. and PTs only gave him a 10-20% chance of moving anything below his waist again and he\’s walking again.  It took a little over a year, but he never gave up.  Be strong and believe in yourself even when it all feels like a lost cause.  Good luck!!!

  52. Unknown says:

    Colin, I work for an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in backs and necks.  I have seen many people come into our office and moan and groan about the smallest things–sore knees, carpal tunnel, sore fingers, you name it.  I have also seen some folks post op that when they were injured, they thought they would never be the same again.  I have seen miracles happen with some of our patients and I truly believe that attitude is key.  I admire you for sharing your journey with others.  I believe that you have given others inspiration.  You have reminded me just how precious life is.  It is great to see what all you have been able to do: skiing, tubing, etc.  Keep up the great work.  God bless you and your family. 
    A friend from Texas

  53. ari says:

    Hey man i feel horable about youre tragety.keep youre faith in god, jesus or anyother god you follow lol.I hope that yopu are able to walk anytime soon and all goes well. Goodluck 🙂

  54. jåimie says:

    add me in jaimie_wong@hotmail.com, hope will have chance to talk to u soon…

  55. Unknown says:

    I really see you as a ray of hope in July 2005 the man I am now married to was injured in an accident on the way to the beach. He was given a 95% chance to die. As a result of the surgery he was left paralyzed with an incomplete injury. I met him while I was a secretary at the therapy dept. he came to for therapy. We dated for a while and then got married a year ago. He no longer goes to therapy. He looks to me for encouragement but I honestly dont know how to motivate. I really want to push him but I dont want to push him away at the same time. Can you offer any encouragement ? He is young just like you he is only 26 years old. I love him just the way he is but I know he wants more. Nicci Travis.

  56. ashley says:

    Hi my name is Ashley and I\’m from a very small town in rural Nebraska.  I saw your story on msn.com and decided to check it out.  Almost two years ago a friend of mine was in a car accident and was also injured in her c4 vertebra.  she had just turned 15 a month before her accident.  I just wanted to say that i think it\’s great that you\’re working so hard to be able to get back to normal.  China, that\’s her name, can only lift up her left arm, but that\’s more than they thought she would get.  She has saved my life and helped me decide what to do as a living.  I want to be a physical therapist to help people wiht spinal cord injuries and now I always wear my seatbelt.  Well good luck!

  57. A says:

    Hey man,Your a courageous dude man..I wish you the best and with great strides in recovery. I can\’t even begin to imagine what this experience has been for you, life changing, to say the least. You optimistic attitude and heart speak volumes …I\’m inspired by your will to fight and you tenacity…Keep on keeping on!!Thanks for you example, for you willingness to not give up on life and surrender yourself to defeat and bitterness..Al

  58. Darrin says:

    Hey Colin. This is Darrin and Kim Rooney. Kim is the one typing. We went threw something like this 3 years ago. Six weeks after we got married Darrin was working. (He delivered fuel to farmers in rural iowa) He went around a curve that leaned the wrong way which cause the fuel to shift and lost control of the truck and it rolled three time. He wasejected and the truck exploded. He ended up haveing a L2 burst fractured and a syndrom called Cuada Equina. They kept telling him he probably would not walk only 15% do. He was at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha Ne. He does walk and has many limitations.  I am sharing this with you. The reason is he was the one that found ur story and shared it with me. It made sense to him and made him realize he is not the only one goin threw life changing things.  He knew that while he was in the hospital but sometimes struggles with it at home. Keep up the hard work. You are a strong courageous young man. Thank you for sharing your story and I am happy my husand found it and remembered he is not the only one goin threw this and that he just has to be strong and faithful.  Take care. Best wishes and warm thoughts from Darrin and Kim Rooney. Harlan Iowa.

  59. Cerene says:

    Glad your still alive and most of your faith is still high. Good luck with your recover and never give up. The Lord never gives you more than he knows you can handle.

  60. Christina says:

    Hey Colin! Your determination and your spirit is very inspiring, especially your courage and your unshaken faith. Your story is one of hope and faith, and I pray that you will walk again. May God continue to bless you on your recovery and your journey to walk again. Continue living your life for Him, and keep your faith as it is, unshakeable and unbreakable. Take care and God bless!
     
    Christina

  61. L C says:

    Hi – I have been reading some of your blogs. I find your story heartwarming and encouraging. Both of my daughters\’ boyfriends were in a terrible car accident in November 2006. My girls fortunately were home at the time and not involved. One being left paralyzed from the chest down and the other, the driver, with a condition called "degloving" where the skin has detatched from the muscle as a result of being thrown from the car. I found your site and pray for you. You are an inspiration to me and my girls.  I have not read all of it. You have done an annormous amount of work with this and it will take time for me to finish it all. I am hopeful I will be able to share your story and bring hope to these boys and others through you. Continue to be strong. Take good care. A freind. Lauralee, mother of 4: 2 girls 18 & 16 and 2 boys 12 & 5. Fondly in my prayers.

  62. Ipshita says:

    Hey Colin!
     
    Just loved ur spirit, buddy! I know, I realise that the situation u r in is not easy but u have a long way to go and that is because of attitude you have! Proud of you! Your sturggle and survival and how you are doing it well is an inspiration to many who don\’t know you but have been here before. 🙂
     
    Have a good day!!

  63. Ipshita says:

    and that too that you are not paralysed until and until you accept it mentally.
     
    way to go! 🙂

  64. Robert says:

    Just to say Hello from Australia.    Rob,c6 incomplete quadriplegia acquired 4/12/1997.Hit me back if you like.Regards,          Rob.

  65. Kelly says:

    Hello Colin, You are an incrediably brave young man and an inspiration and example of strength and courage ! You will remain in my thoughts and in my prayers. 

  66. Danny 'Saxs' says:

    Hello Colin,
     
    Congratulations for your site and your iniciative. You are an inspiration to become better day by day and to live the best present we can live and make. Your case and strong desire and determination to improve has reminded me a great book from Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich. Under the disguise of trying to become rich lies the first ever made self-help book which greatly describes how our desire and determination build a iron will which can grants us anything we can imagine. And one of the examples he explains in the book is about his own son born with a severe disability.
     
    I happily recomend the book which I\’m sure you\’ll find most interesting and congratulate you for your view of life and will of action. I hope to have you soon as a friend and that you take a look and drop a comment about my space if you find anything interesting Colin.
     
    Best wishes and take care,
     
    Daniel

  67. Unknown says:

    Hi Colin,
    Your blog caught my attention a few months back, and having a keen interest in regenerative medicine, your story stuck in mind.  I don\’t know how interested you are in cell-based therapies, but a low-profile company just came out with data this week in a biological sciences based newspaper about research in South America.  Here\’s the excerpt if you\’re interested: " PrimeCell Therapeutics LLC, of Irvine, Calif., said results of a clinical study involving the implantation of autologous adult bone-marrow stem cells into 38 patients with spinal cord injuries revealed that some patients experienced restored function. PrimeCell provided research support and preclinical studies as part of the clinical trial program, which was conducted at Luis Vernaza Hospital in Guayaquil

    , Ecuador. The autologous bone marrow stem cells – cells extracted from the patients’ own bone marrow – were taken from the patients’ hip bone. Of the 25 patients of whom follow-up data were collected for at least three months and up to 14 months, 15 gained the ability to stand, 10 walked on parallels with braces, seven walked without braces and five walked with crutches. Three of the patients recovered full bladder control and 10 regained some form

    of sexual function. No adverse events or abnormal reactions to implantation were observed."  In a separate article, it noted that some of the patients in the study had been paralyzed for up to 22 years.  Anyway, don\’t know if this is something you\’re interested in or not, but I thought I\’d pass it along.

  68. Kathleen says:

    Cool Website! I hold high respect for you and everyone who can make light and blessings out of any situation. I hope you are doing well. I am just starting to get into healing therapy (energy) particuarly Cranial Sacral Therapy.
    I hope you are having a great day! Have a blessed one!

  69. T.E. says:

    Just wanted to commend you for your positive outlook. I wish you the best.

  70. Penny says:

    Fear:  Caution (God-given to keep us safe), exaggerated by adrenaline (just a hormone that will drain away) when we dwell on dread possibilities.  As guided by a counselor, I keep a "Gratitude Book," with notes each day of what I have and appreciate having.  Then, when my fears seem to overcome, I read my gratitude book and remember, and appreciate, that I have much and even, am able to see where I and my life have improved.  I feel much stronger knowing.  Keeping your tapes of your exercises and efforts, will in time show your gains when viewed from start to finish, and will encourage you and your caregivers.
     
    My favorite book is "Feeling Good" by David Burns, which helps me recognize when I am dwelling too much on my fears and how to put them into perspective.  You might be able to get it on tape as it is a bestseller.  It\’s very common sense, but very enlightening.  At least it is to me.
     
    Thank you very much for sharing your life.  Your blogs not only help me appreciate my own life, but gives me courage that efforts I make are and will be worthwhile, no matter how small.

  71. Promise of Unity says:

    I often log in to see the different spaces within the community and happend to come across yours on today.  I spend a lot of time encouraging others and often wonder if what I say and how I try to help truly affects there lives.  I am on my way today to a prison within the State of Florida with a couple of ministers from my church to encourage the inmates that life is still worth living.  I just wanted to let you know that today, you have encouraged a missionary into increasing her determination to reach as many lives as possible.  To encourage those who have suffered hardship; not to loose hope, but grab a hold to hope with all that is within us.  Truly your determination and fight encourages many.  My prayers are with you and your family, and I expect great things to come in your life.  Continue forth into new horizons.  Keep your faith and live life.
    – The Promise of Unity

  72. lydia says:

    PHILIPPIANS 4:13
        I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me .
      
     Lydia McCoy

  73. joy says:

    Hi! My brother was in a car accident he was not driving he was a passenger and was driven into a telephone pole, He lost the sight of one eye, he was in coma for 2 months,He did wake up, He damaged his inner ear so he had no balance to walk,He used a walker for the rest of his life,The doctors gave up all hope and told us so but we refused to lissen,With our love and determination he came out of the coma had to have a few surgeries as his femar bone was shattered, But in the end we proved the doctors wrong so did my brother he was strong and determined. So hang in there its all in your reach there will be times you will get discourged but dont linger there to long, keep going the physcal therapists are great and good at what they do. Good luck my friend   

  74. Susan and Cici says:

    I fell off a horse two years ago. My back was broken. Although I can now walk my sacrialiac is unstable and two of my dics are crushed. The Doctors only give me a 10% surgical recovery. I also suffer from cronic headaches. My question is how do you cope with the day to day physical pain? I\’m feeling a little grom about the future but I don\’t have it as bad as you so I thought I ask. Sorry if it\’s too personal.
    Susan

  75. SHERRI says:

    Hi my name is Sherri and I am an incomplete quad. due to a C6,C7 injury when I was a passeger in a car and the driver was trying to "scare" me going too fast-we left the road rolling down a hill 6 times. Of course he did not get a scratch, no insurance no job so I got nothing.
     
    I wanted to tell you to hold on to all your hopes and dreams-they told me I was gong to never recover anything but some muscle twitches here and there.  I told them that was not acceptable because I was a single mom with two babies at home. I had to take care of them their father wouldn\’t (he put me in the chair). I had great rehab staff and was an inpatient for 5 months working hard and harder. By the time I left I could walk with forearm crutches. I mainly use the chair because you can\’t take care of two babies on crutches.  I am SO greatful for all that I have and I worked really hard to get it, so don\’t ever get discureged, it\’s a long, hard road but there is always a possibility. My accident was 18 years ago, medical advancements have come a long way so anything is possible.
    All the best to you,
    Sherri

  76. Jennifer says:

    HI Colin-A good friend of mine has been in his chair since an accident almost 18 years ago.  He went on to have two beautiful girls biologically and went on to finish college and get his MBA.  Both things he was told he wouldn\’t do and did.  The inpossible can be done when there is a goal in mind and you are willing to see it and do whatever it takes to get it.  Keep it up…I know it is a long and hard road, but it looks like you are willing to do whatever it takes to get it done.  Keep up the physical therapy and from what I have seen first hand….always and I mean always keep the Lord in your life and I promise he will help you along the way.  I wish my friend believed the way you do.  The true handicap is in the mind, not the legs. 
     
    Thank you and feel free to write-Jennifer

  77. Unknown says:

    I Just wanted to say god bless you!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. Dance says:

    Been there…………I was hit by a woman driving her car in a parking lot Christmas Eve 2001.  I was walking ti my car. She struck as I walkedthough an empty parking spot, knocked into a parked van, threw overher car and left me in the middle of the lot. She drove away and has not been found.  I\’m a ballroom dance teacher…………was in chair for 2 years.  My prayers are with you. 

  79. rhungrhuankpanich says:

    hello Collin!!
     
    You \’r the hero as I have seen,  More having activities and participation is very good both of your physical and mental.  You re better than other who are more travelling while you are.
     
    Nice to see your profile and hope best wishes will come truth as you \’r dreaming.

  80. Anita says:

    Colin,
     
    I\’m really glad I found your website.  Your story is an inspiration, and you\’ll be on my mind a lot from here on out.  You really are a hero, and God bless every effort you undertake.  I love what you wrote about Buddah, and I don\’t intend to forget that either.
     
    I\’ve found myself in fairly dire circumstances throughout my life — including a badly broken hip and leg about ten years ago.  It was a tough road to recovery, but I realize it\’s nothing compared to what you face.  But I do know something about faith and hope, and I pray yours is in endless abundance.  Don\’t you give up, don\’t let anyone rain on your parade, and I\’ll check back in from time to time.  I have a daughter just about your age, so you\’ll have a special place in my heart.  Hugs, Anita

  81. gemini12 says:

    hi friend!
     
    hope you have a nice weekend…just like you i knew how you feel about your recovery and hope you have
    more blessings to come…the only thing different wd me was i was fighting for my life when i had that
    bad injuries..but all was well…we had miracles in our lives!!!………..
     
    gem12
     
     

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  83. Jim says:

    Hey Colin –  Your website and story inspires me. 
     
    My best friend is a C4/5 quad, and I\’d give anything to see him regain better use of his arms, let alone be able to walk.
     
    You seem like you have a great attitude, with the emotional fortitude such a challenge will take.
     
    Best wishes.  Keep pressing on.
     
    Jim

  84. Molly says:

    Hi Colin
    I doubt you remember me, but maybe you remember my dog.  You were leaving a healing session with Francis one day and my dog Kane (big red doberman) came and told you "hi".  In searching for things about Francis on line, I found your blog and read your story.  You are in my prayers and I can\’t wait to see your progress.  Hopefully I will see you again sometime in Austin. 
    Molly & Kane

  85. kady says:

    Hi Colin!I am a nurse in Wilkes County, North Carolina and I am employed with Bayada Nurses. I work with a patient who was in Rehab with you in Charlotte. He and his family speak highly of you. You are an inspiration to many and I congratulate you on your drive and determination to be fit when a cure is here for paralysis! Your website is touching and I love the pics. Kady

  86. Menelom says:

    Yes … the design is clearly needed to be changed 🙂
    What would be brighter , nebudu (

  87. Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark this
    web site.

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