My name is Greg, and on January 8th of 2008, my journey began when I came home from work and my arms began to have a tingling feeling in my shoulders. It went on for about 15 or 20 minutes before I decided to drive myself to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Upon arriving at the emergency room, I was taken into the back to be checked out. Around 45 minutes later, I became completely paralyzed from the chest down just out of nowhere, not having been sick. Just out of nowhere – paralyzed. They did a battery of tests: spinal taps, MRI scans, everything that you can think of. I woke up in intensive care after 10 days, and from there I went to Mary Free Bed rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mary Free Bed is one of the top leading rehabilitation hospitals in the world. From there, I spent 3 months being rehabilitated to use what I had. I think the most difficult part of me having transverse myelitis was giving up all my independence and having to depend on others to help me, but over the nine years I’ve come to get better at it, knowing that I can use all the help that I can get.