The first year or two after my injuries, I was still trying to get comfortable using a wheelchair. So, I felt like a burden. When my family or friends were doing activities or games, I just tried to be out of the way and didn’t participate. I didn’t realize at the time that I was just prolonging my unhappiness. I wish I hadn’t hesitated to get involved.
When I finally started participating in the activities, I realized I wasn’t a burden or in the way. More importantly, I started having fun! I felt more like a person, doing stuff with the people I love. To be honest, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to participate.
Whether you are newly injured or have had a disability all your life, it’s important to keep moving forward. We must live our lives and that means TRYING. So, don’t be afraid get out there. Get involved and try things. Participate!
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.