IamA 19-year-old C6 quadriplegic, I received stem cells as part of a study, and I'm looking to curb misconceptions about paralyzed living. AMA!
Background: this past May I fell from a tree and fractured my C6 vertebrae, compressing my spinal cord to 80%. I am an incomplete quadriplegic and was offered to be a part of a research study involving stem cells. I have control of my shoulders and arms while my hands are mostly paralyzed but I have a passive grip called tenodesis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenodesis_grasp). I use Dragon Naturally Speaking to type, one hand to move my mouse, and the other to click.
Ask anything from my routines to questions about paralysis and the differences in injuries. Something I have noticed after this injury is that no one really understands at all what it means to be a quadriplegic or a paraplegic and the vast differences between each and within both. It’s not something you hear about, learn about, or think about.
But now is your chance.
Proof: here is the blog detailing my injury from the beginning: http://grierstrong.com/ and picture of me: http://i.imgur.com/Jq9Iety.jpg (yes the mirror is dirty and I can't really hold a verification but it's me. Crosscheck some pics of my blog.)
Edit: I posted this picture in a comment but I'll put it here as well. This is a picture of the actual fracture: http://i.imgur.com/P4q1qah.jpg
Edit2: it's Friday 8 AM EST back answering questions for the day