Favorite Superhero

Before I experienced spinal cord injury via meningitis, if you asked me who my favorite superhero is, I'd have answered, Spider-Man, or Batman.  In my high school days, it was Green Lantern, with Batman and Spider-Man alternating between second and third favorite.

A year ago today, I was in the hospital (and had been for five-six weeks), and still could not move from the waist down. I was told that it would be about two years before I would walk resembling normalcy, and probably would take about a year to gain enough strength to start using a walker. I couldn't accept that - I set timelines, and goals, and now, though I can't run, yet - I'm confident my legs are strong enough to finish a 5K walk.  And the year in the wheelchair was shortened to about four months. 

So, who would I say, now?  It would be Professor Xavier.  He's not just a superhero - but an inspiration - in that he has taught me how powerful a tool the mind is.  The mind can create reality - meaning a lot of overcoming obstacles is due to your mindset.  Not only that, he started a school for "gifted" children.  I know there are a lot of rehab centers out there for people who are recovering from spinal cord injury, but if I had the money, I'd like to start a state of the art rehab and research center.

And the mind's importance for reaching goals? I think it was Henry Ford who said whether you think you can, or think you can't, you are right.


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