I’ve heard some pretty crazy things come out of people’s mouths in my few short years as a wheelchair user. Most people definitely mean well, but some sentiments aren’t received the way many able bodied people might expect. In the disabled community, it’s not uncommon for us to joke with each other about some of our interesting conversations with family, friends and strangers that often involve some off putting statements. below are the top 10 things that I’ve heard people say since my injury that don’t necessarily leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. –Rachelle Friedman Continue Reading »
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We love to bring you good news and all this month we are spotlighting individuals who “Pay It Forward” and make a difference here in Northeast Ohio.
” Quitting has never been an option for me. I’ve never been one to quit.”
Christopher Wynn is the opposite of a quitter. Chris grew up in Broadview Hts and was always very active in fitness and exercise. During the Gulf War he joined the United States Air Force and while off duty at the beach with his life friends his life would be changed forever – Continue Reading »
As a junior at the University of Cincinnati, Ryan Atkins was “on top of the world”. He had a full ride scholarship, a good internship and everything that comes with college life.
“I thought at 21 years old, what could be better? And all of a sudden I’m driving with some fraternity brothers and lost control of the car,” explained Atkins.
The accident on Nov. 20, 2009 changed his life.
“Next thing I know, I broke my neck and I was in the hospital for about four months and paralyzed below the shoulders, and not really given much hope from doctors, and pretty much told that this would be my life.” Continue Reading »
Ever since my injury three years ago I have been determined to show the world that people with disabilities can be just as happy, independent and productive as those without disabilities. But is it possible that showing such positivity could mask our daily hardships to the point that the urgency for a cure is diminished?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important that society knows that we are more able than most would imagine. But sometimes it feels like that is the only message we’re getting out. What about the desire for a cure? Continue Reading »
After suffering severe spinal cord injury in workplace accident, Natalie Barnhard has devoted herself to helping others with spinal cord injuries through her Wheels With Wings Foundation. She dreams of one day helping build a local rehab facility
Natalie M. Barnhard has a dream. Actually, she has three of them.
The most immediate is to continue helping other people with spinal cord injuries, through her Wheels With Wings Foundation that has raised about $115,000.
Her long-range goal is to help build a local rehabilitation and support center for people with such injuries. Continue Reading »
Mark Pollock: stepping forward for those with spinal injuries
Technology is playing a huge part in increasing Irishman Marks Pollock’s chances of recovery from paralysis. Visiting him at his home in Dublin recently, he made what I can only describe as a spectacular entrance, when a section of the ceiling in his living room opened and he descended into the room from a lift above to greet me. Continue Reading »
Just like any other bride, Alissa Boyle finds herself immersed in
wedding plans leading up to her Sept. 7 exchange of vows with Nathan Grimes at Lisbon Trinity Friends Church.
And just like most brides, Boyle envisions walking down the aisle with her father, Jim, while her mother, Lori, and family and friends watch.
But Boyle’s preparation is unlike other brides. She spends hours in physical therapy and exercising at home to make that vision a reality. She was injured in an accident Feb. 20, 2012, that damaged her spinal cord. She and a friend had stopped to assist at a car accident but ended up being hurt themselves. Continue Reading »
His doctor can’t say yet if he’ll ever walk again, but 26-year-old Anh Tuan Nguyen doesn’t worry about the future. After falling more than 20 feet from a ladder and seriously injuring his spine two months ago, he just takes things one day at a time.
“It’s changed my life a bit,” Nguyen said thoughtfully, looking at his six-month-old daughter playing on the rug in front of him, “But not too bad.” Continue Reading »
The last thing Christa Sexton remembers is the fire truck careening toward her.
When she woke up, face down on the warm highway asphalt, life as she knew it had radically changed.
“I remember it perfectly – everything except for the impact, which is blanked out,” Christa says. “I could see two guys with firemen helmets on, telling me ‘don’t move, don’t move,’ but strangely, I didn’t hurt at all. I was just floating, in and out of consciousness.”
It wasn’t until later at the hospital that she was told that she had a critical spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »
Life has thrown a lot at Coquitlam’s Jessica Kruger.
At 15 years old she suffered a work-place accident resulting in a broken neck and spinal cord injury leaving her wheelchair bound.
She once believed her injury took away all hopes of her being considered “beautiful,” let alone any chance of living a normal life, and forget about being an athlete or – crazier yet – a model.
But she has. Against all odds, Kruger, 21, is the new face of Lise Watier’s “Something Sweet” perfume, beating out nearly 400 other contestants all scratching and crawling for the same contract. Continue Reading »