By Wayne K. Ware, M.Ed., LPC
Counselor, Shepherd Center Spinal Cord Injury Program
So, as I was thinking about writing this blog about love and relationships after spinal cord injury, I realized that because I don’t have a spinal cord injury, you might ask what I have to say on this subject. Sure, I’ve been a counselor at Shepherd Center for a long time, seen lots of folks in the early part of adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and learned a great deal from them. But, it seems most useful to get some ideas from those living it. So, I asked a couple of folks – one female and one male – who have lived with SCI for a number of years. And, here’s what they said, and I’ll throw in my thoughts along the way.
These are just some ideas. You likely have your own about what you’ve found works. Whatever of this resonates with you, take it in.
WAYNE K. WARE, M.ED., LPC, is a counselor in Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program. He has practiced counseling at Shepherd Center since 1989. Wayne has a master’s degree in counseling from Georgia State University.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org