My name is Ellie, I am 20 years old and at 17 years old I was told I would never walk again. I was an avid volleyball player, a good student (graduated high school at age 16 and was attending college at the time of my injury), an avid horseback rider, and a lover of all things outdoors. I am currently representing the rodeo industry as the 2020 MRFAR, and try to give back to my community as much as I can, while still recovering. Through extensive physical therapy, I have been able to make progress, and am just getting to the point where I can hold my knees locked out for a little. That being said, I cannot continue to pay for physical therapy. I am considered disabled, as I cannot walk yet. I want to work and pursue my passions and be able to do things like wash my windows without having to ask for help. I wish so badly to be able to go for a walk in nature and take a shower while standing up, but most of all I want to show people that when you put your mind to something and are willing to work to obtain it- anything is possible. My insurance will not cover physical therapy because I am considered wheelchair-bound for the rest of my life. My physical therapy costs around $85/hour and I go 5 days a week, 1 hour a day. I get invoiced for $1650 once a month, so I am looking to raise at least one more month of physical therapy for now. I do not plan on staying in my chair forever, and am willing to do anything to get out of it. I am doing everything I can to inspire others through my situation and using what I learn about spinal cord injuries and spinal cord injury recovery to help and educate others as well. In a perfect world, this would have never happened to me and I would still be an able-bodied human. However, bad things do happen and all we can do is try to make the best out of it. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day.
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