Eden Schroeder is a young woman with a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI/D) who is finishing her associates degree in hopes to reach her goal of a masters degree in psychology. She wants to further her knowledge/education to help others. Eden is also working to become more independent to drive and transfer independently. Get to know more about Eden and her story!
How did you get injured?
I was injured diving off a boat into shallow water
Where do you currently live?
What were some things that helped you adjust after injury?
An amazing support system, setting goals, and trusting the process!
How has your disability affected the relationships in your life?
It made some of my relationships stronger and has allowed me to find better friends… but I’ve lost contact with a ton.
How do you like to spend your free time? And what are some of your hobbies?
I like doing anything outside & EATING! Coffee shops and psychology books are always a vibe. I also love swimming and traveling!
What advice would you give to someone in your position?
Try and separate the person you were with the person you are now. It’s a different lifestyle but it’s still worth living. Also give yourself time to become adjusted and independent!
If you could change something about the world what would it be and why?
I wish people would be more understanding of each other. Not just in the disabled community, but also in general. Kindness goes a long way.
What skill would you most like to learn and why?
Independent depression transfers
What do you wish more people would understand about you?
That I genuinely care, sometimes to my detriment, but we all have different ways of showing it.
What are some of your short-term and long-term goals?
My short term goals are driving and more independent transfers. My long-term goals are getting my masters degree in psychology and becoming financially independent.
What are some causes important to you?
Equal opportunity for minorities and disabled individuals. Also social awareness of minority groups.
Who do you admire the most and why?
My physical therapist/adopted mom & her selflessness and kindness. Being able to experience it firsthand by my physical therapist “ adopting me ,”has really made me realize how much being kind can impact someone’s life. I’m a completely different person since meeting her and her husband.
What is your life motto or mantra?
“Everything happens for a reason” *i actually have it tattooed *
What was your most proud accomplishment in the past year?
Reaching my two year anniversary of my accident and starting my last semester of my associates degree