Happy Holidays, y’all!
Every year that I can remember (including before my TBI), my New Year’s Resolution has been the same: to be more bad-ass than I was the year before. My definition, however, has evolved, and today, my definition of a bad-ass is someone who is able to harness the power of their thoughts and their mind. In this episode, we bring to you the most bad-ass Quadriplegic I have ever met!
Meet Jerod Neider. Jerod broke his neck (C5 spinal injury) in a diving accident December 18, 2011 while in Mexico. Instantly paralyzed from the neck down he has spent nearly everyday since then trying to regain function and striving for a better life. The strength and serenity that Jerod demonstrates through the command he has of his perspective and thoughts is so powerful.
See Jarod’s attitude shine in this video:
Jerod radiates love and light, and he is absolutely determined to learn everything he can to rehabilitate spinal cord injuries. Jerod is so knowledgeable about neuroplasticity that he has even worked with his surgeon to develop his own hip surgery.
Jerod is a powerful example of growth mindset, hardwork, and goal setting and is currently involved in research at the university of Louisville in Kentucky and helps raise money to cure paralysis as a board member of the walk on foundation. Jerod volunteers as a tutor with 5th-8th graders and enjoys spending time with his family and watching college basketball. Jerod can be reached via Facebook or through thewalkonfoundation.org
If you want to be inspired, are interested in neuroplasticity, growth mindset, the evolution of medicine, spinal cord injuries, or all around bad-assary, you’ll love this one!
Resources from Jerod:
Cavin’s related links:
- Episode 29 with Dr. Daniel Engle (Also sustained C5 Spinal Injury)
- The New Year After My TBI: May This Year Be Better Than The Last
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