Iama Quadriplegic that went viral on Reddit this week! I was a pilot for 30 years before becoming paralyzed, and this week I went paragliding for the first time! I now do outreach and public education about accessibility - AMA!
My name is Jim Ryan, and I am a C4 complete quadriplegic. What this means is I don't move or feel anything below shoulder level. I was a pilot for over 30 years before being injured while on vacation in Hawaii in March of 2016. Since then I have had to re-learn how to breathe and talk, and learn to live with my new way of life.
Since then I haven't stopped moving forward and have gone paddleboarding, sturgeon fishing in the Fraser River, and most recently paragliding! I am now an ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation, and do public outreach and presentations around my injury and accessibility.
You can read stories of my injury - including my wife's recollection of the accident, and my recovery since then, as well as the hard days that no one talks about when you're battling depression - all on my website My Quadriplegic Life as well as my Facebook page
So go on, AMA!
Edit 1: I'm going to take a bit of a breather for an hour or two and watch the US Open. I'll be back on around 3pm PST to answer some more questions. Thanks for your interest!
Edit 2: Thank you for all your questions! I am going to take the rest of the day off to enjoy the warm weather on this long weekend. I'll check back in tomorrow to answer any more questions you may have!