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PODCAST: Nancy Smith and the reality of paralysis

"Give yourself time to realize where you are physically and emotionally ." -- Nancy Smith

I want you to meet Nancy Smith. Nancy was on a trip with her daughter's Girl Scout troop when a head-on car crash paralyzed her from the neck down. That happened 10 years ago.

Nancy is the author of "Only the Rats are Walking." She has taken part in research of the brain at CalTech and UCLA. She’s also, with the help of her husband, created art pieces for CalTech and a gallery at Montclair Mall.

Before becoming paralyzed, Nancy taught high school. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.

This podcast is a very raw and honest conversation about what it’s like to realize you no longer have control over your body. Nancy talks about the crash, rehab... and what she’s learned about life through this experience. And sometimes ... it’s very difficult to find joy -- we talk about how she has been able to find glimmers of happiness.

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