I am invited to speak about my injury and recovery to a college class at San Diego State University.
I was there last year, same professor but different students. And I will appear with the same group of speakers; myself, and two men with spinal cord injuries.
Last year, my story had just been printed and the professor had assigned students to read my story for extra credit. It was before I was prescribed any medication, and only six months after waking up, so I was just learning my condition.
I didn't feel right then appearing alongside two men that have lived the last ten or more years in wheelchairs unable to lift their arms above their shoulders. This year, I'm not sure if I can find the strength to do the same.
I don't want to appear with the story of a hidden injury, the story of frustration, depression, and uncontrollable thoughts and emotions. I'm sure they have much of the same, though they can't hide it.
Maybe this is a sign of recovery, or maybe I am wanting to keep the injury hidden. I'm unsure.
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