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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

REINVENTING THE WHEEL: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: July 14, 2015 | Category: Featured News

Reinventing the Wheel Reveca Torres21 Photographers + 21 People with Spinal Cord Injury = 21 Photo Stories about ABILITY

The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH + MEDICINE CHICAGO, with KEEPSAYK LLC, a pioneering Chicago Tech Startup, and BACKBONES, a nonprofit providing support for people with spinal cord injuries, announce the online debut of an innovative collaborative awareness project, Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury, in recognition of ADA25, the 25 anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Continue Reading »

Injured Monroe teen adapts to new life

Published: July 6, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Mikey Nichols and Eric LeGrandThe remarkable recovery continues for 19-year-old Mikey Nichols following a devastating spinal cord injury he suffered during a high school hockey game last year.

The injury has left the Monroe Township native relegated to a wheelchair while undergoing intense therapy and rehab five days a week.

“He’s got movement in both his arms and his legs, and he’s adapting to his new life,” said his father, Steve Nichols. Continue Reading »

A year on from fall, life is looking up

Published: June 21, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Brad SmeeleInjured wakeboarder Brad Smeele is forging an independent life in a newly modified home after a horror crash left him a quadriplegic almost a year ago.

The 28-year-old ploughed head first into a ramp when attempting to land a world-first trick on a ramp at his Florida training base last July, leaving him paralysed. He was saved from drowning by horrified friends.

Smeele cheated death again after his heart stopped beating when he was coming off his ventilator in hospital in the US. Continue Reading »

‘It’s never been a sad day’

Published: June 16, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wendy and Katie CharboneauTen years after a car accident left her quadriplegic, Katie Charboneau is celebrating what she jokingly calls “Happy Broke My Neck Day.”

This may be seem morbid, Charboneau said, but being quadriplegic hasn’t held her back, especially from being happy.

“It’s never been a sad day,” Charboneau said, “because I have such a strong community support and family support.” Continue Reading »

WPI student begins challenging journey after spinal cord injury

Published: June 13, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Jared Grie The first entry on the grierstrong.com blog set a remarkably honest tone for what will likely be a lifelong journey for Worcester Polytechnic Institute freshman Jared Grier and his family.

Written by his stepmother, Susan Okie, just hours after the 19-year-old mechanical engineering student fell from a tree at Worcester’s Institute Park, the words were candid, realistic and inclusive in describing the accident that severely injured Mr. Grier’s spinal cord, and, in almost an instant, made him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic sailing instructor defying odds of disability

Published: May 5, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

WHISKEYTOWN LAKE, Calif. – Michael Strahle is a quadriplegic sailing instructor at Whiskeytown Lake but he isn’t letting his disability define him or stop him from doing what he loves. Continue Reading »

15 years on ventilator: Hockessin man fosters awareness

Published: May 1, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jay HawthorneIt’s the hugs that Jay Hawthorne misses most.

A ventilator-dependent quadriplegic for the last 15 years, Hawthorne used to enjoy feeling his grandmother’s comforting presence envelop him. A ladies’ man, he used to bench press 350 pounds and run 5 miles just for fun.

He used to be able to whistle without feeling winded.

After falling from 14 feet in a construction accident, the Hockessin iron worker broke his neck and resigned himself to spending the rest of his life in a $20,000 chair. Continue Reading »

What a Scuba Diver with a Spinal Cord Injury Has to Teach Us About the Learning Process

Published: April 27, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Stan ClawsonStan Clawson loves to open the door for people. “They don’t expect it,” he says. Clawson, a filmmaker and communications professor based in Salt Lake City, is in his late 30s with sandy hair, blue eyes, and a handlebar mustache. He’s tall, “six-foot-four,” he says,  “you know… laying down. Upright? I’m not sure. Maybe four-foot-eight? Four-ten?”

Clawson has the deep, dynamic voice of a radio announcer and something of the devil in him. He’s been in a wheelchair since a rock climbing accident when he was 20 years old, when he fell 49 feet and severed his spinal cord between the T9 and T10 vertebrae. Since then, he’s learned to boogie board and downhill ski. He’s competed in marathons. And he’s earned advanced certifications as an open water diver. Continue Reading »

Living with a spinal cord injury for 50 years and counting!

Published: April 21, 2015 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

IMG_0011.JPGI am a 50 year SCI ‘spinal cord injury’ survivor. I wrote this hoping it might encourage someone or help them get diagnosed.

Life is pretty much what we make of it, change is constant in a body and this world, but we can cope with those changes.

Stuff happens, we must cope with what comes our way. We just need a combination of faith, good doctors and medical technology, hard work and some luck. Continue Reading »

New technology a ‘game-changer’ for quadriplegic cattleman

Published: April 20, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

quadriplegic cattleman Rob CookRenowned quadriplegic cattleman Rob Cook has moved 2,500 kilometres across the country to trial new cattle yard technology he says is changing his world.

The fourth-generation producer and Nuffield scholar moved from his family’s property Suplejack Downs Station in the Northern Territory, to Queensland’s Bundaberg region, 15 months ago.

He is testing new devices including a joystick that lets him operate cattle drafting gates from his wheelchair. Continue Reading »