Erica Wilson

Pell City, AL

Duke University

OTD Occupational Therapy – Spring 2024

A normal twelve-year-old girl goes from competitive dance and playing games with her friends to being paralyzed from the waist down in span of 30 minutes time. The diagnosis was Transverse Myelitis. Erica couldn’t understand it and she certainly couldn’t pronounce it. She frustrated the Children’s Hospital staff as they tried to teach her how to use the wheelchair. She gave the worst time to the Occupational Therapist who looked her in the eye and reaffirmed that while her tears were valid, her life was not over. The OT made a lifelong impact on Erica because she listened and taught her how to adapt to her new lifestyle. Erica went on to complete her Bachelors degree at the University of Illinois where she was a star on the wheelchair basketball team. Wheelchair basketball taught her to be more disciplined, responsible, and adaptable in any situation, all skills that will serve her well as she pursues her lifelong dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Erica loves spending time with her friends, family and her cat Winx.

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