Just six months before retiring, Jim Linnell was on a family vacation in Mexico when he fell and broke his neck. While he survived the accident, Jim’s family was left with many questions. Will he get better? Will he be a quadriplegic? What kind of future will they have?
Jim is a fighter and his story is an inspiration and he knew that which is why he wrote the book “Take It Lying Down: Finding My Feet After a Spinal Cord Injury”.
Jim describes being with his wife as the pair fell off a porch of a rented guest house.
“We charged straight forward, Jennifer and I walked both together off the porch into the air. She fell, knocked the air out of her. I fell in a way that there was a depression in the ground and it fractured the bones in my neck” said Linnell.
He explains that his injury was considered an “incomplete spinal cord injury” as his bones didn’t fully puncture his spinal cord. He calls the experience of walking up and not being able to move “indescribable”.
His book tells the story of how Jim was medevacked back home to Albuquerque and his road to recovery with his wife at his side.
Jim Linnell is a professor emeritus in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of New Mexico and former Dean of the College of Fine Arts there. He began teaching at UNM in 1975 and founded the dramatic writing program in his department.
Linnell is also the author of “Walking on Fire: The Shaping Force of Emotion in Writing Drama”.
A book reading will take place at Bookworks on August 22, 2019, at 6 p.m.