Here at Quinte Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine we’re excited to welcome a new face to our team for the next few months. Jared Stire will be joining us as our new co-op student, working as a social media assistant with our own Sara Hamil! We’re super excited to have Jared on board, adding his wit and perspective to QPAM’s online presence. Take a minute to get to know Jared with his inaugural blog post!
Greetings, Quinte Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and health care enthusiasts! It is my privilege to introduce myself to your community! My name is Jared Stire. For those of you who are unfamiliar with my name, face or personality, please take a moment to read the next few paragraphs and get to know me. As Sara’s new social media assistant, I’ll be spending a great deal of time with her and you, and I look forward to it! Much of the information I add will interest adolescents. Sara and I agree that providing informative resources and promoting healthy living to every age group is important.
If your minds are as curious and inquisitive as some, the first question you may have is, “Why are you confined to a wheelchair?” The answer to this question is difficult to explain. From birth, an unidentifiable nerve abnormality gradually led to muscle weakness. This in turn precipitated a significant curvature of my spine. During the surgery to correct this condition, a factor impossible to pinpoint caused my near complete loss of mobility and forced my dependence on a ventilator to breathe.
Prior to this event, many knew me as an aggressive goaltender in both hockey and soccer. I’m not unfamiliar with the occasional slap shot inflicted bloody nose or broken bone. Also, shying away from physical contact was not my style. Yes, even as a goaltender I was prone to some tripping penalties. The puck rarely crossed the goal line, though, so can you really fault me for protecting my territory? I suppose you could, but that’s besides my point… The lesser known hobby of mine was creating art; sketches in particular. As simple as some were, they all took hours of each day to complete. Taming my deep rooted perfectionistic tendencies proved impossible when picking up a pencil and putting it to paper. My days were devoted almost entirely to athletics and my artistic creativity.
My focus has since shifted to a different form of art – film. I derive great enjoyment from every aspect of this, specifically scriptwriting. Ideas are perpetually bouncing around in my mind like a pinball machine. Achieving status as a screenwriter and director in the future is the hope and plan, although the enjoyment of writing and all other hobbies will forever take precedence over fantastical successes such as that. Not to be overshadowed by that endeavour, however, is my responsibility to educate the general public regarding quadriplegia and various other physical difficulties. Clearly, I have enough on my plate to occupy my time and perpetually spinning mind for the time being.
To encapsulate an individual in five paragraphs is of course impossible, but it is my hope that this brief introduction has offered a comfortable and friendly sense of familiarity. I’m thrilled to begin contributing to the community you, Dr. Dempsey and Sara have established! Until we speak again, have a fantastic day and don’t hide your smile! Cheers, friends!
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