About the Author
Dr. Cynthia "Cara" Polsley is a classical philologist, researcher, and speaker. Teaching on Biblical exegesis, languages and civilization, and narratology, she is an alumna of the University of Kansas and received her Ph.D. in Classics from Yale University, where she specialized in contrafactuals and alternative realities in ancient Greek narrative. She is a spinal cord injury survivor and author of numerous books, including The Bible and the Holographic Universe and the science fiction series Ifscapes.
A Personal Note about Spinal Cord Injury
I sustained a T10-12 spinal cord injury in a 2013 car accident when my family’s vehicle was rear-ended by a distracted driver on the highway. Doctors originally diagnosed the injury as an ASIA A complete and gave no hope of walking again.
Within a year after the injury, I progressed from slight hip movement to walking with KAFOs. KAFOs are the type of long metal leg braces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. For me, these braces were the next step in completing my Ph.D. program at Yale University, begun before the accident. Years later, I continue to pursue active physical therapy, prayerfully navigating each new step through a rigorous recovery that has been nothing short of miraculous.
The original intent of this website was to share that recovery: to encourage readers; to urge those with similar injuries to believe that it is worth striving for further mobility, independence, and recovery; and to educate still others about spinal cord injuries in general. All of the exercises and work between December 2013 and November 2017 were done without organized therapy. I am not a medical expert and do not claim to have any professional medical experience, but hope that others will be encouraged by the comments, videos, and informational links posted here. Thank you to everyone who has been part of helping me get back up again.
For more of my testimony about God’s faithfulness through spinal cord injury, click here to read a guest post with the story.