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I change people’s lives with my Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Ian Malesiewski

attitude is everything in life

My name is Ian Malesiewski and I am paralyzed from the chest down. On June 3, 2016, I suffered a traumatic neck/spinal cord injury while wrestling in the Cadet World Team Trials at the University of Akron; I was trying to earn a spot to represent the United States of America in Bourges, France. Unlike most, I try to look at my circumstance not as a catastrophe, but more as a journey and chance for me to grow intellectually and emotionally, and hopefully empower other people along the way.​

Although this injury may have hindered me physically, it has opened me up to things I never thought were possible. Yes, I might not be able to be the tough guy on the wrestling mat anymore, but I can be the MAN that changes other people’s lives. As cliché as it sounds, I believe attitude is everything in life, and we have the choice to either feel sorry for ourselves or make the most of our opportunities.  

Next year I will be attending the University of Miami where I plan to study neuroscience and hopefully attend med school!

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