It is usually pretty hard to remain upbeat when dealing with a new spinal cord injury or other type of paralyzing disability, but I think a change is overdue. The first days and weeks following an injury, or post-diagnosis for some “crippling” disease, are usually filled with a constant series of frank discussions warning patients and their families of the additional problems and complications which make up their future. In far too many cases, at least in the past, the dire predictions could extend out to a lifetime of challenges. Dwelling on the negative could be setting newly paralyzed individuals up for failure. Is that really the best we can do in this enlightened age? Continue Reading »
Articles Tagged: Inspiration
Personal experiences from people who have spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »
Making the most of every moment
It will be 10 years this November since Justin Cochran attempted to entertain his family with a back handspring on a golf course and almost died.
The young man, who was only 21 at the time, fell directly on his head on that golf course in Kentucky just after Thanksgiving 2004. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he spent 12 days on a ventilator. He was paralyzed from the chest down after crushing the C1 and C2 vertebrae and needed a ventilator to breathe. Continue Reading »
A cautioning inspirational quote—Expect Nothing. Be ready for anything.—might be wise words to live by, but with a spinal cord injury, nothing like it is even on your radar screen, and it’s virtually impossible to be ready for it. In our exclusive interview with speaker, writer, publisher, and businesswoman Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti, she describes how she struggled to sustain an active life, well-lived before her spinal cord injury, after a freak accident dramatically altered her future on June 13, 1998. Continue Reading »
A young boy, facing overwhelming odds with little hope of success, turns to a Jedi Master and “the Force” for guidance, and eventually inspires the world. This isn’t just the science fiction of Star Wars, but the reality of an inspiring young man named Christopher Rush.
Christopher was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at seven months, and his doctor told his parents that he “will be nothing more than a dishrag and will be dead by the age of two.” Despite the dire prognosis, as well as having to go through life as a quadriplegic, he was able to accomplish things most able-bodied people can only dream of.
As a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise, Christopher empathized with the protagonist, Luke Skywalker, who used the mystical power of the Force to achieve the impossible. Christopher wasn’t able to move his limbs, but with the power of his mind and sheer willpower, he was able to move mountains and inspire millions. Continue Reading »
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ELLSWORTH, Wis. — When someone told her to move out of the way during a scene change for “The Wizard of Oz,” Tasha Schuh took one step back.
Schuh, a junior in high school at the time, fell 16 feet through a trap door in the stage of the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing, Minn. She landed on her head on the concrete floor, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord and fracturing her skull.
Doctors told her she would never walk — or sing — again. That was 16 years, five months and nine days ago.
But Schuh, who is paralyzed from the chest down, says she wouldn’t change a thing. Continue Reading »
Dr. James Post overcame long odds to achieve dream
Overcoming insurmountable challenges doesn’t begin to scratch the surface for Dr. James Post.
Post, 43, a Hanover Township native and nephrologist living in Manhattan, knows what it’s like to scrounge around in the dregs, and then soar out of them to lead a fulfilled life.
Post is quadriplegic. He’s had limited use of his arms and hands and has been confined to a wheelchair since age 14. He is paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »
On July 27, 1993, 19-year-old Paul Farthing was playing with his Great Dane pup near his backyard pool.
“I had just shaved my head and was preparing to go back to The Citadel. I was selected for the Training Cadre,” said Farthing, now 39.
He was playfully taunting the pup to get her to chase him toward the pool, and then he’d jump in. The puppy wasn’t ready for water sports, so she didn’t follow. During one of his jumps, Farthing found himself at the shallow end of the pool. Continue Reading »
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