SCI Patient Testimonial – Heather Johnson

I was excited when I found out that I was getting the diaphragm pacer, but I didn’t think it was going to change my life. I was wrong! It has given me back some of the peace of mind and confidence that I lost in my car accident.

When I’m out in public, I feel that I look more normal without the ventilator hooked up to me, or hanging off the back of my wheelchair. I also used to fear popping off in public because of the attention that the loud ventilator alarm would attract. It’s so much easier to go out now, too, since we don’t have bulky ventilator batteries to carry along. The pacer has allowed me to do many things that I never thought I would be able to do again.

I’ve taken several road trips, and have even started taking college classes again – things I wouldn’t have felt comfortable doing while I was on the ventilator. It’s true that the diaphragm pacer doesn’t change the fact that I’m paralyzed, but it really has enhanced my life.


Heather Johnson
Barnhart, Missouri