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What I Know


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At 11:15 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 1983, the life of 18-year-old Barbara Turnbull changed drastically. Three armed robbers burst into the Mississauga Becker’s store where she was working the late shift, shooting her and severing her spinal cord. Turnbull almost lost her life, but survived a quadriplegic. Now, as she marks the 30th anniversary of her injury, Turnbull -- a Toronto Star reporter and the much-honoured founder of the Barbara Turnbull Foundation -- looks back on her life as a disabled person, its frustrations and joys. What I Know: Lessons from My 30 Years as a Quadriplegic is a candid, moving and inspiring book about acceptance and turning adversity into activism.


Barbara Turnbull is a reporter for the Toronto Star. She is the founder of the Barbara Turnbull Foundation, which funds Canadian research into neuroscience and, especially, treatment of spinal cord injuries. Barbara was rendered a quadriplegic during the armed holdup of the convenience store where she worked part-time when she was 18. She received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Toronto in 2007 and an honorary doctorate of laws from York University in 2012, and has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is the author of a 1997 autobiography, Looking in the Mirror.


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