Doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live past age 14
Janet Barnes was born with a broken neck in 1928. Doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live past age 14. Janet married and raised four children with her also wheelchair bound husband. She worked in a photo-retouching lab and volunteered at a community guarden coalition and for the local hospital. Janet is about to celebrate her 83rd birthday. One of her daughters is writing a book to celebrate her mother’s amazing life.
Janet’s advice on how to live life despite extraordinary challenges: “stop being so negative.”
Stories like Janet’s fly in the face of defense claims that those with SCI have a shortened life expectancy.