Breaking Barriers: Myths of SCI
There are many factors to consider when living with a spinal cord injury. With so much advice coming from different directions - whether doctors, loved ones or fellow SCI sufferers - it’s easy to get lost amongst different ideas. However, along the way, people may mention how certain things will most definitely change. There may be daily tasks or life ambitions people could believe that you’ll never achieve, but we’re here to bust some of the myths of living with an SCI.
Myth #1: Your Injury Will Be The End of Your Dating Life
This is something many people living with a spinal cord injury worry about. When in fact, your injury should not be the elephant in the room. If you’re online dating, don’t be afraid to mention your SCI. However, if you’re worried about seeking like minded individuals, there are plenty of online spaces to find your ideal date, such as Disability Match or Enable Dating. For further love and sex infomation after your injury, see our previous articles: Love, Sex and Spinal Cord Injury, plus our LGBT edition.
Myth #2: People With SCI Cannot Have Children
This is not the case. In fact, many people with SCI can and have had children. Of course, this type of injury can cause some complications for women giving birth, but it is a complete myth that all people with SCI cannot have children. It is also important to note that this type of injury can impact a male’s sperm mobility, but complications if this type can be overcome through assisted reproductive technologies.
Myth #3: You Will Never Return to Work
Everyone is different when it comes to managing their injury. However, most people do return to work within 1 year of their spinal cord injury. Although some adjustments may have to be made, this does not mean that working is no longer a possibility.
Myth #4: You Cannot Stay In/Return To Education
This is completely untrue. There are plenty of ways to start a life in education, or return to your studies after your injury. For many, university in particular is all about the experience itself, making friends away from home and becoming independent. AccessAble have a great guide to find accessible universities, making those first steps much less daunting.
As mentioned in our SCI and education article, disabled students can also apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) on top of other student funding.
You can also see our recent article on returning to education after a SCI.
Myth #5: Attitude Doesn’t Help Rehabilitation
A positive attitude can make a huge difference to your drive and motivation to gain the highest level of independence possible. With enough dedication and quality treatment, there can even be the possibility of full recovery of physical function. For some extra advice on keeping positive and maintaining a positive outlook, visit Passionate People.
Here For You
Aspire Law is a specialist law firm, working for people with SCI. Whether you’re looking to make a claim or you’re seeking advice on breaking the barriers of your injury, get in touch by calling 0800 030 20 40 - we can help find the support you need.