Rick Quintero

Peer Support Volunteer

Age: 35

Disability: T 10 – T 11 wheelchair bound paraplegic

Age of onset: 29

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Work experience (post injury): A year after my injury, I returned to work at the sign production company I was employed at prior to my accident. Instead of working outside, I began working in the office and managing the two workers that took my job. I have had to learn management and computer skills. I had never used a computer before and I caught on pretty quickly. I’m now familiar with a lot of computer programs.

Primary language: English

Languages spoken: Fluent in Spanish

Life goals: To live my life as close to normal as possible and continually improve my quality of life. I also want to raise my three children to be responsible members of society. Most of all, I want to serve my God as he requires of me. 

Hobbies: I don't have many. I like reading, studying the Bible and biblical subjects. I also like surfing the Web.

Interests: My wife and I love smooth jazz and going to jazz concerts. My children are a big part of my life, so I spend a lot of time with them. We are big fans of nature and life itself. We enjoy parks, the zoo, the beach, Sea World and just looking around and admiring nature. We also like watching it on TV, especially shows on the National Geographic and Discovery channels. Above all else, we love participating weekly in our Bible study classes and Theocratic activities.

Anything you would like to share about yourself that might be helpful to someone newly injured?
The main reason why I want to volunteer is that I realized early on, while in the hospital, how much I needed someone with some knowledge of what it would be like to live with a spinal cord injury. I needed empowerment and information that would improve my quality of life after leaving the hospital. The few things I have learned since my injury would have helped me if I knew what was to come and how to deal with these issues. It's a life changing experience and knowledge is power. Most of all, I just needed someone to talk to who understood exactly how I felt. Life doesn't stop and wait for us. We have daily struggles, but it's so much easier when you can count on not only God, but also someone who deals with the same issues.

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 Rick Quintero, be sure to include Rick'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.