New spinal cord injury resource highlights the importance of family support

spinalinjuries#Every eight hours someone in the UK is told they will never walk again due to damage to their spinal cord. It could happen to any of us, at any time, as a result of an accident or illness.

The impact of spinal cord injury is life-changing and affects not just the individual but family members and friends too.

On 16 May the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is launching a new DVD resource for family members of spinal cord injured people, as part of our Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day activities.

SIA already provides support to over 130 family members of spinal cord injured people each month through our well established Peer Support Service, and the launch of our Talking Spinal Cord Injury: the family perspective DVD will help to broaden this support.

The Talking Spinal Cord Injury: the family perspective DVD is 30 minutes in length, and contains four different perspectives of the impact of spinal cord injury on family members: a parent, a child, a sibling and a spouse. Each case study provided in the DVD shares their experience of spinal cord injury, giving an insight into what to expect when a family member is injured.

SIA supporter and TV presenter Lucy Alexander, whose daughter Kitty contracted Transverse Myelitis in 2010, says: “We found it comforting talking to other families in a similar situation when our daughter became spinal cord injured after contracting Transverse Myelitis. The Spinal Injuries Association’s DVD – Talking Spinal Cord Injury: the family perspective – is a wonderful resource to learn and take comfort from.

“Spinal cord injury is life changing and this DVD helps to show that life still goes on, but just in a different way. It takes time but, moving forward together in a positive family way, you do get there.

“It’s a journey that’s worth going on and brings you closer than ever to your family!

“We are hugely proud of our daughter Kitty and her achievements – it’s been a tough journey for all of us but together we will be positive and continue to live life to the full.”

The Talking Spinal Cord Injury: the family perspective DVD is FREE and available to order via our online shop www.spinal.co.uk/page/shop or by calling 0845 678 6633.

We are the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people. Find out more at www.spinal.co.uk

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