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In August of 2013, I broke my C6 vertebra during my MIT Pre-Orientation Program in Ocean Engineering. I received emergency care and spinal-fusion surgery at Mass. General Hospital before being transferred to Spaulding Rehab. just outside Boston. I learned quite a bit there, and at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, about how to work with my paralysis, to get in and out of bed, to use a wheelchair, and generally to manage in a body where my hands and everything chest-down no longer listens to me. My time in those rehab hospitals was invaluable.