SCI Life: Nothing Can Take Down This Mama Bear

September 1, 2016   Obituary

New Mobility Magazine | Source

Alicia-ReaganMother to five children and married to a pastor for over 17 years, Alicia Reagan, 39, is not your average pastor’s wife. In 2009 while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to feel ill. After lying down because of blinding pain, she woke up — paralyzed.

“When I awoke, I felt weird all over. My arms felt like they weighed 100 pounds each,” says Reagan, who had contracted transverse myelitis and was officially diagnosed with C5 incomplete quadriplegia. Eventually she regained upper body function, including her fingers, and delivered her baby successfully.

Transitioning into her post-injury life, however, definitely posed a challenge. “When I first was in a chair in my community, I was so embarrassed! What helped me was seeing YouTube videos of some amazing and confident wheelchair users. I came to see the wheelchair as my freedom — not my prison.”

Read the full article at New Mobility.