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Hi, my name is Justin Collier and I am a 26 year old C-6 quadriplegic from Cedar Creek Lake, Texas. I was injured in a diving accident on May 5th 2009. I was 23 when I was injured and working in the Oil Industry traveling the country. It never crossed my mind that something like this would ever happen to me and I was extremely shocked when it did. When the surgeon who repaired my neck told me that I was a quadriplegic and would never move my arms or legs again, it was the worst thing I had ever heard. But with my friends, family and Jesus Christ being in my corner; I stayed positive and knew I would prove my surgeon wrong. I stayed in ICU for 6 weeks, after which I was discharged and I was placed in a nursing home in Kemp, Texas. I was now able to move my arms but not enough to really do anything. After ten long months in a nursing home with no kind of therapy; I was finally able to receive physical and occupational therapy at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (B.I.R.). After two months there I gained a lot of upper body strength and more movement of my arms. Though I was not able to regain any movement in my hands, legs, or feet I was happy with what I learned and accomplished while at B.I.R. I now knew that there was a second chance at life and just because I was in a chair did not mean I could not make something of myself. I am very fortunate to have what I have after being told by my surgeon that I would have nothing. With my dream now being to walk again I am also very fortunate to have The Dream 2 Walk Foundation in my corner to help me reach my goal. To end, I would just like to say that I now know that “Life Rolls On” and if I P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens) everyday that I will reach my goal and be back on my feet one day!
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