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Indiana woman with quadriplegia embraces joys, challenges of motherhood

Published: April 29, 2016 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Joni feeds ZacharyAs each of her children grew inside her womb, Joni Vanderwoude felt nothing — not the fluttering first kicks in the beginning, not the bulging of her belly as it stretched to the size of a basketball, not the piercing contractions of labor that usually signal it’s time.

A car accident 16 years ago left Vanderwoude paralyzed from the neck down, unable to walk, cough or even scratch her own nose without someone to do what her own body could not. But Vanderwoude, of DeMotte, Ind., has never dwelled on the limitations of being a person with quadriplegia. Two years after the accident, she married her high school sweetheart. Four years after that they began trying to have children — a medical possibility for most women who suffer from spinal cord injury, despite what people might assume. Continue Reading »

Finding a new outlet through quadriplegic rugby

Published: April 28, 2016 | Category: Videos

Team captain Earl Bowser uses the backs of his hands to push his titanium wheelchair across the battle-worn gym floor, carrying a volleyball in his lap and several lifetimes of optimism. Continue Reading »

‘You can still live life’

Published: April 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Drew CumpsonIn a few days, Drew Cumpson will be marking the fifth anniversary of an event that dramatically changed his life — but one which he can’t remember.

If he needs to recall the exact date, he only need look at his left arm. Tattooed there is “05/10/11,” along with the words by which he has tried to live ever since: Keep Fighting, Keep Smiling, Stay Strong.

It is all a reminder of the trip Cumpson took to Peru back in May 2011 where a freak accident left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Long after his accident, Sam Schmidt takes the wheel again thanks to Project SAM

Published: April 23, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sam Schmidt and Simon Pagenaud

Sam Schmidt was paralyzed in a testing accident in 2000. Now he can drive again.

In the late 90s, Sam Schmidt had a promising career as an IndyCar driver, finishing fifth in the championship in 1999 after taking his first win in Las Vegas. In off-season, however, his ascension in the sport was derailed. During testing that following January, an accident at Walt Disney World Speedway in Florida left Schmidt a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Published: April 22, 2016 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury:
CerebralPalsyGuidance.com

CerebralPalsyGuidance.com

We provide vital guidance and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.

We cover cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information, such as communication and transitioning to adulthood articles. Continue Reading »

Help shape the future of SCI treatment

Published: April 20, 2016 | Category: Information

Pathway-LogoThe path to recovery from spinal cord injury (SCI) is full of challenges.

If you’re interested in taking part in research to evaluate investigational therapies for SCI, you may be interested in a clinical research study called Pathway that is evaluating the potential of neural stem cells to treat cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI).

What is the Pathway study?

The purpose of the Pathway Study is to evaluate the safety and potential benefit of neural stem cell transplantation for people with cSCI. If you are eligible for the study and if you choose to participate, your participation will last approximately 12 months. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic artist uses mouth to create masterpieces

Published: April 20, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

SPICEWOOD, TEXAS – A local artist is creating masterpieces in a very unique way after he fractured two vertebrae. Continue Reading »

Researchers discover role of protein in neuron sprouting

Published: April 19, 2016 | Category: Featured News

Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research CenterRole of adaptor protein CD2AP in neuron sprouting discovered by UofL researchers could lead to therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke recovery and spinal cord injury

University of Louisville researchers have discovered that a protein previously known for its role in kidney function also plays a significant role in the nervous system. In an article featured in the April 13 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, they show that the adaptor protein CD2AP is a key player in a type of neural growth known as collateral sprouting. Continue Reading »

Researchers find possible treatment for suppressed immunity from spine injuries

Published: April 18, 2016 | Category: News

abnormal nervous circuity in spinal cord injuryScientists report in Nature Neuroscience they have identified an underlying cause of dangerous immune suppression in people with high level spinal cord injuries and they propose a possible treatment.

In the journal’s April 18 online edition, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University write that spinal cord injuries higher than thoracic level 5 (T5) cause autonomic nervous system circuitry to develop a highly adaptable state of plasticity. The autonomic nervous system controls bodily functions that are not consciously directed – like breathing, heartbeat, digestion and immune function. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Kiwi wakeboarder Brad Smeele back on the water

Published: April 15, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Brad Smeele wakeboardingBrad Smeele, pictured here at the recently opened cable wake park at Auckland’s Onehunga Lagoon, has been out on the water to watch his mates wakeboard on Lake Maraetai near Mangakino.

Once Brad Smeele was carefully lifted on to a speedboat for a rare excursion since a wakeboarding accident left him as a quadriplegic, he didn’t quite take to the trip like a duck to water.

The 29-year-old New Zealander, who has no feeling from the neck down since suffering a serious injury while wakeboarding in Florida in 2014 Continue Reading »