My name is Alexis Leon. I am from a small but very beautiful state of India—Kerala. National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s Millennium issue has Kerala as one of the 50 “must see places in a lifetime.”
I live in Cochin, the industrial capital of Kerala. About 12 years back, I met with a road traffic accident that shattered my spinal cord and paralyzed me below chest level. After the accident, I spent about 8 days in the intensive care unit and 10 days in the post-operative unit. In both places, I had some close calls. I went to the brink nearly a dozen times but somehow survived. Those near death experiences entirely changed my outlook towards life.
Spinal cord injury robbed me of all the comforts and conveniences that I took for granted for 27 years—the ability to stand, walk, climb stairs, drive, ride, swim, feel—the list is endless. I can’t go shopping, sightseeing or for a movie. I can’t attend the marriages, the birthdays, anniversaries and other functions of my relatives and friends. I can’t get a job and I can’t do many of my favorite activities.
For a person with a spinal cord injury, every day is a struggle—struggle for survival. It is not easy to live when 80% of your body is not at your command. But I have survived so far, and survived with honor.
I had a fairly interesting life—both before and after the accident. Living with spinal cord injury for more than 12 years gives you a lot of experiences—traumatic, painful, harrowing, touching, wonderful, frustrating, exhilarating, enlightening, saddening, poignant, and stimulating.
In this weblog, I plan to write my views on life, some interesting incidents, useful lessons that I learned the hard way, and other topics that are worth sharing (in my opinion).
I have not set any fixed frequency for the posts. I don’t believe in posting just for the sake of posting. So there will be a post only if I have something worthwhile to say. Time is important—yours and mine.
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