Articles Tagged: Personal Story
July 26, 2014 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-5
ST. 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 »
July 13, 2014 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-5
Chris 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 »
What 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 »
Spinal cord injury isn’t stopping one skater Continue Reading »
June 30, 2014 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-4
“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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June 16, 2014 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: T-11
The 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 »
June 11, 2014 | Category: Videos
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-3
Sabrina Cohen uses the tragedy that left her paralyzed to help others in need. Continue Reading »
June 10, 2014 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-1
Making 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 »
May 28, 2014 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: L-1
A 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 »
May 12, 2014 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: T-10
Helped by the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, Jennifer Bou Lahoud targets a career in neuroscience
Jennifer Bou Lahoud walks confidently, with purpose, in front of her USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences classmates with her diploma in hand. In her mind’s eye, at least, she walks as she used to, before the accident — the way she dreams she’ll someday walk again.
In 2008, the 16-year-old from West Covina, Calif., went on a ski trip with family and friends that took a tragic turn. Bou Lahoud skidded off her sled and slammed into a bed of rocks and packed snow.
“The moment I landed, I felt paralyzed,” she said. Everything she knew was about to change. Continue Reading »