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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

A Life Repurposed

Published: January 26, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ryan Atkins and Stephanie PerryRyan Atkins was on path to graduate from UC when a devastating 2009 car accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Six years later, he completes the journey.

THAT FALL PROMISED TO BE HIS BEST EVER.

Ryan Atkins was in his third year at the University of Cincinnati on a full scholarship through the prestigious Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS business program. His beloved UC football team was undefeated that season and on their way to the Sugar Bowl. Thanksgiving break loomed, bookended by a jaunt to New York for a college conference and a trip to Europe that spring. Continue Reading »

Severed spinal cord no barrier for former rodeo rider

Published: January 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Steven ElliottIN THE final minutes of 2003 at a New Year’s Eve rodeo at Townsville’s Black River, Steven Elliott bucked off a bronc called Spaghetti Western and partly severed his spinal cord.

He welcomed New Year in Townsville Hospital as a quadriplegic. His C6 and C7 vertebrae had dislocated and damaged his spinal cord.

Mr Elliott, 39, is in a wheelchair, but you wouldn’t know it, hardly. The chair itself, covered with bulldust and with a dusty, oilskin-covered water bottle on the foot bar, looks more like something out of a Mad Max movie. Continue Reading »

Despite paralysis, Trojan Jack Jablonski is making a name in hockey, the sport he loves

Published: January 5, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jack-jablonskiInjured as a high school player, the USC communications major is working off the ice with the LA Kings

An on-ice injury during a high school game in 2011 left Jack Jablonski — now a USC communications student — paralyzed from the chest down. But that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing a career in the sport.

Jablonski is interning this season with the Los Angeles Kings as part of the communications department and working in the press box at Staples Center on game nights. Continue Reading »

The Desire: A quadriplegic makes a film on his ‘feeling, emotion’

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

quadriplegic-Jitendra Kumar BiswalHe cannot walk or move any of his limbs, is perpetually on an automatic wheel chair and needs the support of at least two attendants round the clock. He only manages to raise his right forearm to pick up a pen or mobile phone.

But that has not deterred Jitendra Kumar Biswal, a quadriplegic since childhood, from conceptualizing a film and playing the lead in it. The 35-minute short film, The Desire, is the story of a person with extreme disability and his relationship with a “normal” girl.

“The message of my film is clear: like any other human being, people with disability have feeling, emotion and desire. It is time society recognizes and respects it,” Biswal, 44, told HT. Continue Reading »

I went from trauma clinician to patient with life-changing injuries

Published: December 3, 2015 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

life-changing injuriesI was a healthy physiotherapist cycling to work when I was hit by a car – and suffered the injuries I used to treat

In November 2008 I was cycling through Greenwich Park as part of my daily commute to the Royal London hospital. I saw a car suddenly turn in front of me and I knew I couldn’t miss it. Time froze for an instant as I prayed for a miracle to save me. That is THE moment that changed me, no other moment has had such a profound impact on my life. Continue Reading »

Why We Need More Stories of Disability That Aren’t About Overcoming Disability

Published: December 3, 2015 | Category: News

overcoming a disabilityMost stories that reach mainstream audiences about disability require the person to “overcome” it. You’ve seen the headlines: ‘Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle’ or ‘Paralyzed student walks on graduation day.” Stories like these deserve and should continue to be shared, but if those are the only stories we see in the media, we’re only seeing one portrayal of disability and we’re ignoring the diversity of disability experiences and perspectives.

Take paralysis as an example. Sure, some people would give anything to walk. Many go to great lengths to achieve it and some even succeed. However, not everyone has the option to walk. Continue Reading »

Christopher Hills: My Journey with Education and Technology

Published: December 1, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

This is a video Christopher Hills made as part of a presentation he gave to Alberta Education. Continue Reading »

Adapting to Life with a Spinal Cord Injury Through Laughter: Wes Johnson’s Story

Published: November 24, 2015 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wes Johnson’s life changed instantly when he was ejected from his Jeep and broke his neck. Throughout his recovery, he used jokes and laughter to let his family and friends know that everything was going to be ok. Continue Reading »

Boys to Men: Damien’s Journey

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

Boys-to-Men.-Photography-by-Andrew-Campbell-6“I jumped off the back of a boat, my chin hit the water in a weird way, and I dislocated my spine, the C4 and C5. The instant I hit the water my body just stopped working. I was looking face down at the bottom of the lake and I just couldn’t move.“

Dreams of one day surfing in Bali were dashed by a simple accident. An old friend inadvertently untwists this fate and convinces Damien that a mystical Javanese healer can get him walking again. Cameras are documenting his newfound belief and rapid response to the alternative treatment. Another six to 12 months more treatment and Damien might be fulfilling the dream of one day surfing in Bali. Continue Reading »

The iPhone setting that changed this man’s life

Published: October 21, 2015 | Category: Featured News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Todd StabelfeldtTodd Stabelfeldt is sending his wife a romantic text. He taps his chin on a button mounted on his wheelchair, then grins, pleased with his wooing.

A quadriplegic since he was 8, Stabelfeldt can’t move anything below his neck. Now a 36-year-old engineer and business owner, he’s turned his wheelchair into a powerful mobile communication hub using switches, a Bluetooth headset and an iPhone 6.

He averages a phone call every six minutes and sends more than 100 texts a day. He’s not much for social media other than LinkedIn (LNKD), but loves to check his elaborate smart-home set up, read books, listen to podcasts and look up recipes online. Frequently outside on the move, he uses the Strava app to track how many miles he racks up. Continue Reading »