Albemarle Co. Man Writes Book on Moving from Paralysis to Progress

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An Albemarle County man with quadriplegia is proving that physical limitations are no barrier to his sense of adventure.

Nathan Ogden says he is always up for an adventure. "Snorkeling, sky-diving, river rafting, snow-skiing again, water skiing," he said.  Now Ogden has added cliff rappelling to his list of adventures.

"To take something that I never thought I would do after I broke my neck, its something I've always wanted to do, but I never thought that would happen because I'm a quadriplegic," said Ogden

At just 26-years-old, the outdoorsman broke his neck in a skiing accident. A little over a year later, he broke his neck a second time after being dropped off of an X-ray table. After that second accident, Ogden lost use of his fingers, biceps, and any movement that had been restored in his legs..

With the support of his wife and four kids, Ogden challenges his family to overcome the seemingly impossible. In April, the entire family rappelled off of a 150-foot cliff in Saint George, Utah.

"If he's willing to continue on to fight through broken necks and the pain that he goes through, and we can do it as a family, it just brings us all closer together as well as helps him know that we support him," said Heather Ogden, Nathan's wife. 

Ogden is sharing his story in a new book, which he writes from his computer, using his knuckles to type. Ogden’s book is titled Unfrozen: Superior Systems to Move from Paralysis to Progress.

"For everyone else, we are paralyzed in our heads. So my message is to go out, and live unfrozen," said Nathan Ogden.

He will be hosting a book signing at Panera Bread at the Hollymead Town Center next Friday, June 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

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