Living with Paralysis Support Group

Hosted By
Lauren P.
Monday, May 20, 2024 | 06:00pm - 07:00pm EDT
10 seats remaining
About this meeting
Life with paralysis can present many challenges, whether you are newly injured or have been living with paralysis for years. These meetings will provide an opportunity for group members to gain insight, guidance and support from others who understand what they are going through. Meetings are conducted in an open forum/conversational format and members are encouraged to raise topics and ask questions related to living with paralysis that are of interest or concern to them. This meeting is open specifically to people living with quadriplegia.
  • Host

    Lauren P.

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  • Co-host

    Christopher M.

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About the host
I'm passionate about all things mental health! I'm a psychotherapist and disability advocate living in Michigan, but I'm also a daughter, sister, friend, and wheelchair-using woman. I was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy when I was two years old and I have been using a power wheelchair since I was five years old. What I love most about the mental health field is knowing that my job is about helping people process their innermost experiences, healing from emotional pain or trauma, building stronger relationships with themselves and others, navigating challenges successfully, and living their best lives. I feel so privileged to be connected to the Reeve Foundation and I really enjoy collaborating with the spinal cord injury community. I am happy to be a supportive resource to you in any way that I can.
Recent reviews
5 means yes?
May 06, 2024
In three questions you answer one to five. I answered one to all of them to me indicating that I thought it was very, very good. Five is very very good. I'm sorry I didn't mean to screw it up.
Mar 18, 2024
I was late but it seemed like a very laid back conversation. People trying to help People . And that's a good thing.
Feb 20, 2024
I loved it!!!
Feb 20, 2024
Very helpful
Sep 18, 2023
Lauren was kind and very knowledgeable. We got to express our feelings and it felt like a safe space. It’s nice to know that we have the same goals despite our disability.
Aug 21, 2023
Both Chris and Lauren were relatable, patient, provided useful information and most of all, they showed Belen what a fulfilling life she can have despite her paralysis. Really appreciated both facilitators.
Aug 21, 2023
Knowledgeable in the areas I needed and understanding with me hopefully not just because I am new but genuinely interested in everything and I think when on a agreeable shared topic very productive with the amount of experience present
Jul 17, 2023
Lauren was calm and patient is a group leader. I felt comfortable speaking with her during our time.
Jul 17, 2023
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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

Paralysis Resource Center

The Reeve Foundation's National Paralysis Resource Center is a free, comprehensive, national source of information and support for people living with paralysis and their family members/caregivers.  The National Paralysis Resource Center offers a variety of services and resources, including a team of Information Specialists trained to help individuals living with paralysis and their families locate information and resources; a national peer-to-peer mentoring program; a military and veterans program designed to support the needs of current service members and veterans; and the Paralysis Resource Guide, a free 442-page book that is a comprehensive, illustrated information tool for people affected by paralysis and for those who care for them. 

Support Groups

The Reeve Foundation's Living with Paralysis and Caring for a Family Member Living with Paralysis support groups provide an opportunity for members to connect with others who understand what they are going through and to gain support, insight and guidance. Separate groups are held for individuals living with quadriplegia, those living with paraplegia, and family members/caregivers so that meetings can focus on the unique needs and challenges of each.  Group meetings are led by two facilitators: a mental health professional and a peer with lived experience. 


The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s support groups provide support and education for individuals living with paralysis and their family members/caregivers.  These groups are led by a team of two facilitators: a mental health professional and a peer with lived experience.  While the support groups can provide psychoeducational information and support, they do not provide any type of clinical or therapeutic services, interventions or treatments nor do they provide diagnosis of any type of mental or physical condition.  Please consult with your physician or other appropriate medical or mental health professional before making any changes to your medical or mental health care or routines based on discussions held in the support groups.  If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others or thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.

Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.