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Rancho Los Amigos Support Group

Andrew Skinner September 8, 2021 News, Noteworthy, SCI

Take a look at this great article on The Downey Patriot featuring the Rancho Los Amigos SCI Life Series Support Group.

At Rancho, patients find empowerment through virtual support

"Life after a traumatic spinal cord injury is anything but simple. There are countless obstacles to overcome, questions that need answered, and a completely new way of learning to physically navigating life.

Luckily, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center offers a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Support Group in both English and Spanish to help patients meet these new challenges head on and with the support of those who have had similar experiences. Funded by the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, the SCI support group is led by Robert Rohan, supervisor of the KnowBarriers peer-mentoring and life-coaching program at Rancho, and an individual living with a SCI himself. For the last ten years, Robert has fostered a safe space where participants can let down their guard and speak openly about living with a spinal cord injury.

During the pandemic, the traditional in-person meetings have transitioned seamlessly into at-home virtual sessions, and with that, the support group has been able to expand to help and engage those who may no longer live in Southern California. Current support group attendees come from all over California, Colorado, Arizona, and even Mexico."

"When summarizing the benefits of these support group meetings, Ray shared, “I have 28 years of personal experience living with a spinal-cord injury, but through my time with everyone I now have more than 300 individual’s life experiences and to this day I’m still learning from them as much as they are from me. This is why the spinal-cord injury support group is so invaluable.”

For more information about the Rancho Los Amigos SCI Support Groups and other SCI Support Groups hosted by Triumph Foundation visit our Support Groups Webpage.


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