New Life

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News September 2013

After a tragic fall that left her with C5 quadriplegia, Tasha Schuh tells how she has embraced life from her state-of-the-art wheelchair.

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After showcasing her talent as the lead in her high school’s production of Grease, Tasha Schuh began to dream of a career in theater. No one knew the stage would steal her dream — and almost her life.

Just days before her opening-night performance in The Wizard of Oz, 16-year-old Schuh took a step backward and fell 16 feet through a trap door. She landed on the theater’s concrete floor, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord and fracturing her skull. For the next three days, she prepared for a surgery that would at best leave her with C5 quadriplegia.

In her memoir, My Last Step Backward, Schuh describes how she left the old Tasha behind and embraced the new Tasha’s life from a state-of-the-art wheelchair.

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