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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Paralyzed since ’89, Bob Bell still seeks challenges

Published: August 11, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Un Moving Four WardAdventurer Bob Bell won’t let paralysis keep him from living his life.

Bob Bell is a funny, smart, inquisitive, witty guy.

The kind of fellow that any guy would love to add to his real world friends list.

“So what’s the deal with the Hebrew tattoo on your arm?” he’s asked.

“It’s actually ‘Thy will be done’ from the Lord’s Prayer,” he said. Then his eyes start to twinkle a bit behind his stylish glasses. “I don’t know if God speaks English, but I heard he has a son who speaks Hebrew.” Continue Reading »

Injured as undergrad, college teacher learns to cope

Published: July 26, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bob Bell Quadreplegic ProfessorST. CLOUD, Minn. — Pensacola, Fla., is more than 1,100 miles from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., but Robert Bell found himself feeling right at home as soon as he visited the Minnesota campus.

The university turned out to be the site of a life-changing event: While an undergraduate student, Bell was accidentally paralyzed while roughhousing with another young man.

Bell became the third St. John’s student to graduate in a wheelchair. Continue Reading »

The Need for Speed: Quadriplegic race car driver defies conventions

Published: July 13, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Chris HrabikChris Hrabik’s blue-green Subaru Impreza doesn’t have the brooding menace of a muscle car. It’s dusty and plastered with sponsors’ decals. Parked behind his stand at the Cape Girardeau craft market, Hrabik’s race car looks almost like a life-size Hot Wheel.

Hrabik, of Sedgewickville, Missouri, rolls over in his wheelchair and scratches his scruffy beard, admiring his custom-built rally car. He pats the hood proudly with a heavy, oil-stained hand.

“It’s got 75 horsepower,” he says with a smile. “Maybe. On a good day.” Continue Reading »

Zina Hermez – My book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival has been published!

Published: July 12, 2014 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Zina HermezWhat started out a dream has now become reality. I began writing Not Without God a couple of years ago, and I wrote sporadically in the beginning. As both of my parents battled serious illnesses I realized (yet again) how precious life is—and how our time is short. My book describes how I healed from near-fatal injuries as a result of an accident that left me paralyzed at sixteen. While crossing the street to get to my friend’s bus stop, I was hit by a car. It’s a miracle from the Lord that I’m alive and able to walk. Continue Reading »

Young man introduces extreme sport to skate park

Published: July 10, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:


Spinal cord injury isn’t stopping one skater Continue Reading »

How one man’s spinal cord injury is still healing 24 years later

Published: June 30, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Jason Dugmore Stone Mountain“I remember hitting the bottom, being face down, and my entire body getting a tingling feeling like when your foot falls asleep. It was then that I knew I broke my neck. I couldn’t move, not even to lift my head up.

About a minute went by and that’s when I prayed, ‘God, if you want me, take me. If not, please don’t let me die.’ With that, the rest of my air went out, and I blacked out.” ~Jason Dugmore
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Attitude can play significant role in recovery from paralyzing injury

Published: June 16, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

amy-van-dyken-social-media-1The news was the kind commonly termed tragic, yet the communication from Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s hospital room in Arizona saturated the social media universe with positive vibes.

The former Olympic swimmer smiled in photos. She acknowledged media accounts of the ATV accident that severed her spinal cord. Continue Reading »

Disabled woman helps inspire others

Published: June 11, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sabrina Cohen uses the tragedy that left her paralyzed to help others in need. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic savors what others take for granted

Published: June 10, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic savors what others take for grantedMaking 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 »

Living ‘an Active Life with Inactive Feet’ After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: May 28, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Rosemarie RossettiA 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 »