Villager doesn’t let spinal injury get in her way

Sheila Jones, of the Village Rio Ponderosa, holds her 11-year-old Pekingese, Baby. Jones has paraplegia and has been using a wheelchair for almost a year. She takes Baby for a walk around the neighborhood every morning.

Sheila Jones has always had a stubborn streak. It certainly came into play when she found herself paralyzed from the waist down.

“I decided I wasn’t giving up,” said Jones, of the Village Rio Ponderosa. “I was going to fight it. If someone tells me I can’t do it, I’ll prove them wrong. If I can’t do it, I’ll be the first to say I can’t do it.”

In the past few months, Jones has gotten to the point where she can feel the bottom of her feet and can use a walker.

“I’ve come a long way in a year’s time,” Jones said. “It’s not fast enough.”

When she isn’t using the walker, Jones gets around in a wheelchair. She goes out every morning to walk her dog, Baby, a Pekingese, for a couple of miles.

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