This is a video of Mason Ellis explaining Tenodesis (movement of the wrist to move fingers). Mason is a C5, C6, C7 Complete Quadriplegic (Paralysis of all four limbs) with little tricep function.
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“If I get too heavy, I can’t do basic things like shower or get myself in and out of my bed or car.”
I’m 31 years old, and I’ve been using a wheelchair since the age of five due to a spinal cord injury that left me paralyzed from the waist down. Growing up overly aware of my lack of control of my lower body and in a family that’s battled weight issues, I was concerned about staying fit from a young age. For me, it’s always been about so much more than vanity—people in wheelchairs need to maintain a healthy weight in order to stay independent. Continue Reading »
David Pollie’s favorite place in the world was in the woods, and being a quadriplegic since the age of 15 did not stop him from hunting whitetail deer.
The Grand Rapids man who overcame incredible odds to get back into the woods died unexpectedly last week. He was 32.
David, who raised funds for a special track chair to help his pursuit of whitetail deer, went into cardiac arrest at his home June 30 and never recovered. Continue Reading »
Lessons in life, love and wheelies.
Real life stories from two normal (…ok, somewhat normal) girls living extraordinary lives with men who don’t let their wheelchairs define them.
Wheel Love is a place where people can come to learn about the good, the bad and the ridiculously funny aspects of living with and loving someone in a wheelchair. It’s also a place where people in similar situations can find support, encouragement and friendship through our words, our videos and our experiences. Continue Reading »
Elizabeth “EB” Forst always felt comfortable in the water. Continue Reading »
This video was done as part of a project for one of Sam’s classes in nursing school. The people interviewed are very near and dear to our hearts and we hope that once you hear their stories they will have stolen a little piece of your heart as well. Continue Reading »
A rehabilitation gym at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was once a play space for Morgan Dunnigan and Grace Meek.
Despite the seriousness of their spinal cord injuries, the girls, then 6 and 7, squirted water at their doctors and visitors with syringes. They “raced” during balancing exercises. They even had Grace’s father’s toenails painted.
So it’s no wonder that returning to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute for a week 10 years later was a little like reuniting at summer camp. Continue Reading »
In the 20 years since a car crash left him quadriplegic, filmmaker Paddy Slattery has found nothing but opportunity, inspiration and happiness
Paddy Slattery remembers feeling surprised that he had not noticed before that his friend had the exact same black boot runners as he did. The car in which they were travelling had just crashed. He had decided against putting on his safety belt in case the young driver who had stopped to give them a lift might think he didn’t trust him.
Now Paddy was lying with his head in the driver’s footwell, on the pedals, the driver was on top of him and Paddy was thinking about the boot runners. They were the same as his, but he couldn’t feel the feet that were in them, which is why he thought they belonged to someone else. He tried to shout, but realised he could barely breathe. Continue Reading »
An experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord injuries is showing promise. It uses stem cells in the damaged areas in hopes of restoring function and movement.
And for one patient, it is promising.
On April 9, 2013, James Mason was an accident waiting to happen.
“There was nothing we could have done to change that night,” said Bob Gambuti. Continue Reading »
Donna Lowich lives with quadriplegia, so interacting with her grandchildren does not come easy. Until she was given Adaptoys, which opened up the world of play between her and her family. VPC Continue Reading »