I was injured in 1983. I had been at a bar and thought I could drive home. Obviously I couldn't. The road I was on went around a bend and I failed to negotiate the turn. I was thrown from my vehicle because I wasn't wearing my seatbelt.I was found sometime later by paramedics who took me to Fergus hospital where they diagnosed me with a broken neck and trauma to the left side. They were unable to handle my condition so they shipped me to Sunnybrook where they screwed a halo on and told me I was a C-5 quadriplegic.
I spent six weeks at Sunnybrook; two weeks in intensive care and four weeks on the ward. After that I was sent to Lyndhurst, which is the spinal cord rehabilitation centre where I spent 12 months learning how to do everything all over again. After Lyndhurst I moved into a town house apartment with another quad and it's like starting your life all over again. Needless to say it wasn't easy.
After I year I moved in with my mother where we built an addition on to the back of her house. For the next six years I didn't do too much with myself, watched soap operas and went to the mall. After that I got a job working for a large computer company and moved into my own apartment with 24-hour attendant care services. Some time ago I was laid off and I haven't worked since.