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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Love – and a Little Help from New Friends – Keeps School Sweethearts’ Wedding on Track after a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 14, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Anna Claire Stokes had a wedding to coordinate. Thanks to her new Shepherd Center family, no spinal cord injury was going to derail her plans.

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Spinal injury opened my eyes to my huge abilities

Published: March 3, 2017 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury:

One Saturday, as usual, I drove to the National Spinal Injury Hospital (NSIH). When I got there, I requested a gentleman, whom I later learnt was a brother to one of the patients, to help me get on my wheelchair. He was amazed!

“So you drive? And you cannot walk? Yet you’re such warm and joyful person,” he said to me.

“Oh, yes,” I replied, “And I was once a patient here, for seven months.”

His brother, just like me, was involved in a grisly road accident and suffered spinal cord injury. Like any other new-found friend he wanted to know more about me and my injury, and why it did not seem to be an issue. Continue Reading »

How Travis Roy Rebuilt After a Tragic Hockey Injury

Published: March 1, 2017 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Travis RoyOn Oct. 20, 1995, 11 seconds into his college hockey career, Travis Roy found himself face down on the ice at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena, unable to feel his limbs. On Tuesday, he came to Boston College and talked about that moment and how he rebuilt his life afterward.

The motivational speaker and founder of The Travis Roy Foundation, invited to campus by the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and the Undergraduate Government of BC’s Council for Students with Disabilities, hoped to inspire the students that filled the Heights Room to face adversity with a new mindset. Continue Reading »

Man makes impressive recovery after near-fatal crash

Published: February 7, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Five years of pain can wear anyone down. Ask Josh Heine, and he’ll tell you healing often takes longer than expected.

After a near-fatal car crash in 2007, the 28-year-old Paducah native was left with only limited upper mobility. He had to adapt quickly to life as a quadriplegic, or so people told him.

Now after regaining limited use of his arms and legs, and with several wheelchair marathons under his belt, Heine has modeled for Quickie — a global wheelchair manufacturer — since last May. As a marketing student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, he’ll begin a national ad campaign in April through wheelchair distributor Sunrise Medical. Continue Reading »

The Woody Foundation

Published: January 26, 2017 | Category: Links

WoodyFoundation.org

The Woody Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization formed in 2011 to raise funds for people with paralysis. The namesake of The Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham suffered his spinal cord injury making a rugby tackle in January 2011. His family and friends have bonded together to support Woody by making donations to local charities which help others with paralysis. Continue Reading »

BOOK: No Backing Down

Published: January 17, 2017 | Category: Information | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic Refuses to Let Disability Hinder Happiness

John Thompson showcases the power of determination and self-belief in new book

OLYMPIA, WA (PRWEB) January 17, 2017 – John Thompson was only a boy when a car stuck him, leaving him a quadriplegic. Despite the paralysis of both arms and legs, Thompson used his personal setbacks as motivation to drive forward and create a fulfilling life for himself. He now looks to inspire others to do the same with his book “No Backing Down.” Continue Reading »

Focus on your ability and not your disability, says Justin Vijay Jesudas

Published: November 11, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

justin-vijay-jesudasSpinal cord injury has not stopped Justin Vijay Jesudas from pursuing his dreams

“All things are difficult before becoming easy,” says Justin Vijay Jesudas. After a car accident left him paralysed from below the neck in 2009, Tiruchi-born Justin is a vocal advocate for rehabilitation of the disabled.

The trick, says Justin, 36, is to focus on one’s ability, rather than disability. He himself balances a career as a software professional in Chennai with a nascent vocation in Paralympic swimming and rifle shooting. He even indulges his passion for long drives with the help of a customised car. Continue Reading »

25 years later, former Lion Mike Utley won’t be defeated by spinal cord injury

Published: October 24, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

25-years-later-mike-utleyFLINT, MI — Nov. 17, 1991. Sunday afternoon. Pontiac Silverdome.

The Detroit Lions were facing the Los Angeles Rams.

At 50-years-old, Mike Utley can still tell you the sequence of events from that day verbatim.

He was in his third NFL season as an offensive lineman for the Lions. Life was good. Continue Reading »

The DAISY Project

Published: October 5, 2016 | Category: Links
The DAISY Project

The DAISY Project

Improving the identification of Dysphagia following Acute cervIcal Spinal cord injurY

The DAISY project is funded by the National Institute of Health Research as part of a doctoral research fellowship awarded to Jackie McRae.

It is supported by University College London and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

This short video tells you more from the people who have had the experience themselves.

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Go karts help paralyzed racer find new normal

Published: October 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

matt-maier-1When he distances himself from the memory, and the wheelchair, Matt Maier is simply racing again. He’s independent and self-assured. His knowledge and experience are advantageous.

He slides his helmet on and the view becomes framed and familiar. This is what he knows: The ripping start-up noise of engines, the smell of the sun baking the race track, the open pavement beckoning.

What’s been new is the adjustment outside of this world, the one with specially adapted cars and physical therapy appointments and the loss of the use of half of his body. Continue Reading »