LINCOLN PARK — Mariam Paré paints by loosely holding her paintbrush between her molars.
Paré is paralyzed, the victim of random gun violence that left her unable to walk, and with limited use of her hands.
It’s been 18 years since a bullet lodged in her spine while on a visit to Virginia; she still does not know who shot the bullet that nearly ended her lifelong goal to be an artist. The 38-year-old says it took about eight years after she was shot to get back to the point where her art was before the shooting. Continue Reading »
Mark is a speaker/author with an incredible true story. Mark is paralyzed and in a wheelchair, the result of being struck by a drunk driver. He was on a cross-country bicycle trip with his best friend and cousin Mike when it happened. They were just teenagers. Mark’s best friend was killed, and Mark literally almost lost his head and was left totally paralyzed from the neck down. After many months, with lots of prayer and hard work, he did regain some movement but still requires a wheelchair to get around. Continue Reading »
Accident paralyzed University of Iowa student when he was 7
The details matter to Tony Ramos. As an artist, the details are what make his work come to life for the viewer.
“Any person who likes their work this much, they want to get down to the last detail,” Ramos said as he sat in the middle of a small room in the University of Iowa’s Studio Arts Building. Punctuating the white walls were 20 poster-sized pieces of art, some depicting well-known superheroes and others showing moments significant to Ramos’ life. Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
Vote for Kendra Muller: May is Mobility Awareness month! Please vote every day, you can get two votes a day by answering a easy question. The prize is a wheelchair accessible van. The contest goes till May 9th. Click here to vote!Continue Reading »
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 »