I was struck down with Transverse Myelitis on November 25th, 1994, at the age of 15. It was a Friday afternoon; I had just come back from high school, which I had started only a few weeks earlier. I had eaten my lunch and laid down to read a book for my upcoming book report. Suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder blades, accompanied with a tingling sensation that was spreading down my body. Along with that, I was starting to feel that I was losing both sensation and the ability to move my legs. In a total of less than one hour, I became completely paralyzed from the neck down. Luckily, my mother and sister were at home and called an ambulance which took me to the nearest hospital. I was immediately taken to the ICU and started to undergo tests and examinations. It took around 10 days for the doctors to understand what I was suffering from, but finally I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis at C4-C5, which left me a complete quadriplegic from the shoulders down and completely dependent on a ventilator through tracheotomy.