Peer Support Advisor
Disability: SCI C5-6 quadriplegia
Age of onset: 26
Uses assistive technology? Yes
Specifically: Power wheelchair
Ethnicity: Caucasian and American Indian
Education: Some college
Primary language: English
Languages spoken: English
My life goals are to worship God, take care of my family, keep focused on my workouts, go to school and give something back to the community. My life has been very blessed. I have an incredible wife; two very loving, devoted parents; and some very good caretakers. Even though I'm in a chair, my life is very good, and I think it's time I do things for other people. I believe I have a lot to offer newly hurt people. I'm 20 years past-injury so I've been through a lot, and I've adjusted quite well. I think my knowledge and experience would be beneficial to people.
Reasons for wanting to be a Peer Support Advisor: I think I would be good at helping people try to come to terms with their situation. I'm a very realistic person and I feel that, along with my 20-plus years of experience, I could help people.
Prefers to work with: Inpatients, outpatients and community members
Areas of interests/expertise:
Interests: Church/God, football, music, concerts, standup comedy and comedy clubs, movies, eBay, desert, barbecues, audiobooks
Expertise: Coping with disability, education, health issues, recreation, relationships
For More Information
To learn more about the Sharp Rehabilitation Peer Support Advisor Program, please call 858-939-6709 or send us an email. To contact Mark Carnahan, be sure to include Mark’s name in your message.
To learn more about Sharp's rehabilitation services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician who can refer you to a physical therapist, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about rehabilitation, visit Rehabilitation in Adult Health or read the Rehabilitation News archive.