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Table 2 Themes and subcategories

From: Illness experience of adults with cervical spinal cord injury in Japan: a qualitative investigation

Theme Subcategories
Being at a loss Unknown body
  Unknown lives
Discrediting self by self and others Discrediting self in physical ability and appearance
  Discrediting self in dependence
  Being perceived as incompetent by others
Taking time in performance Taking time in accomplishment
  Taking time in reaching normalcy
Restoring competency Finding retained abilities
  Developing independence
Transcending limitations of disability Seeing self from a new perspective
  Setting a new social goal