DAILY LIVING & MOBILITY

If I could, you can too

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Les Araúz Cruz

My Story

Hello my name is Les, I live in Costa Rica.  I study computer engineering and I am 24 years old. I do not know where to start... My diagnosis is incomplete paraplegia so I have to walk with crutches. This originated because I had cysts in the spine.  My first operation was at the age of 17, and I have used crutches ever since then.  It was not easy, I went through a roller coaster.  One day I was in the depths of a chasm and the next day I felt a little better.  I was very embarrassed because I thought people felt sorry for me.  I was so sad and upset because I wanted to recover my self-esteem which had disappeared.  Until a couple of years ago I realized that this does not define who I am.  I have learned to ignore the uncomfortable looks and hurt.  Now I live with another heart.  I will not deny that there are still gray days, but they happen. We are brave and surpass everything.  If you feel like I felt, I just want to tell you that you will get out of this.

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