IamA 30-year-old quadriplegic after breaking my neck 11 years ago. AMA!
I have been a quadriplegic for 11 years. In a fluke ski fall I broke several vertebrae, including the C1, C4, and C5, but the spinal cord damage was mostly in the C4 region. Although I've had some neurological recovery, my clinical classification is still a C4/5 complete (ASIA A) quadriplegic.
I have earned a B.S. and a Ph.D. since my injury. Now I work and I'm no longer government support for my daily personal care needs and other medical costs.
My everyday life doesn't focus on the fact that I am disabled/handicapped/crippled/invalid. Like many people in similar situations, I strive to live a normal life, and I appreciate every opportunity to show that people with spinal cord injuries are average blokes. So get comfortable and AMA.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/fGVj5OG
Thanks to the anonymous redditor for the gold! I only aimed to spread a little knowledge about spinal cord injuries. I'm glad that this has gone so well. Thanks for the great AMA!