Marilyn

Spinal Cord Injury-caused Tetraplegia

Marilyn is a 68-year-old grandmother with Tetraplegia or paralysis of all four limbs. Eighteen years ago Marilyn was in an automobile accident, where she fractured her C4-C6 vertebrae and obtained a spinal cord injury. In result of her accident she also feels pain radiating down her left arm. Hesitant to use opiate pain medication out of fear of addiction, Marilyn uses physical therapy and relaxation techniques to manage her pain. After her accident, Marilyn received a service dog and home modifications which has helped her gain back her independence.