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  1. #1 How feasible is a cure for spinal-cord injury? 
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    Hi friends:I've lived with a spinal-cord injury since 1977. I subscribe to some of the literature published by The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. I've heard from The Miami Project for many years about their awesome research. Unfortunately, I've yet to see any awesome cures.I am increasingly skeptical about how realistic the search for a cure for spinal-cord injury may be. Nature goes only so far in regenerating organs and tissues. What makes us so sure we can counteract these natural processes?In addition to healing an injured spinal cord, many additional problems attend any attempted cure. What of the muscles, bones, tendons and other tissues that have atrophied after many years of paralysis? Can this atrophy be reversed if spinal cords are healed?Another less obvious problem attends the search for a cure for paralysis: social stigma for people who live with spinal-cord injury may be exacerbated by a strident push to find a cure. I've complained to The Miami Project about some of their rhetoric. They use pity and fear of paralysis as a means to garner support for their research. I've pointed out that such rhetoric serves to reinforce people's prejudices and misconceptions about life with spinal-cord injury. People with spinal-cord injury are generally not sitting around pitying themselves because they cannot walk. Many of us, including myself, are busy pursuing careers and hoping to find employment. If there's anything pitiful about the situation, it is the unnecessary social and architectural barriers imposed by a society that establishes standards of physical ability and punishes those who cannot live up to those standards.Why not create a "Project to Cure Society of Ableist Prejudices and Discrimination"? That's a project that I would wholeheartedly support. Jagella


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    The cure will happen, but not soon. It is quite possible that all adults today with spinal cord injury may not live to see the cure. This makes you absolutely correct in simply getting on with it, and making the best possible life for yourself.

    Hopefully, it will be of some comfort to you to know that the time will come when such injuries will be cureable, if not in time for you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
    The cure willhappen, but not soon. It is quite possible that all adults today withspinal cord injury may not live to see the cure. This makes youabsolutely correct in simply getting on with it, and making the bestpossible life for yourself.
    How can any of us know the future? Ithink it's irresponsible for medical researchers to try to tellpeople that they know what's going to happen. As I see it,organizations like The Miami Project are willing to lead people intofalse hope because researchers need the funds to carry on theiractivities. Who's going to donate to a hopeless effort?
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    Hopefully, itwill be of some comfort to you to know that the time will come whensuch injuries will be cureable, if not in time for you.
    I don't need comfort. I needopportunities to make something out of my life. You know—likeeverybody else?Jagella
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