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Articles Tagged: Quality Of Life

Not Your Typical Skateboarder

Published: September 1, 2009 | Category: Videos

Watch this video to see how Daniel Pelletier skateboards despite being paralyzed from the waist down. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair Dance Competion

Published: August 31, 2009 | Category: Videos

Wheelchair dance competition in Europe. Continue Reading »

Bridging Barriers Quality of Life Grant Opens Doors

Published: August 27, 2009 | Category: News

qol_bridgingbarriers_200x200I smile every day here when I learn about how Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants tangibly change lives. A picture tells a thousand words, and we were so pleased that a recent $6,963 Quality of Life grant to the Sterling-Rock Family YMCA in Sterling, IL enabled the facility to install 3 low-energy automatic door openers. “These doors provide access to those with disabilities to provide life-changing health experiences,” wrote Michael Mohr in a letter of support for the project. Michael is a wheelchair user pictured here with 2-year old Emma Allison, who also helped make the project happen, and Executive Director Doug Vandersee, who is holding the actual Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant check. Continue Reading »

Service Dogs

Published: August 24, 2009 | Category: Videos

Service dogs do more than just help the visually impaired navigate a crosswalk. Continue Reading »

Service Dogs to the Rescue!

Published: August 24, 2009 | Category: Information

ServiceDog_janet_200x200Service dogs do more than just help the visually impaired navigate a crosswalk. Someone living with paralysis could use a service dog, typically Labrador and Golden Retrievers, to pick up any dropped item, fetch packages in grocery stores, turn lights on and off, make emergency telephone calls, help with balance, and even make transactions with money at a bank or store. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair Recycler gives people mobility back

Published: August 24, 2009 | Category: News

wheelchairx-largeGetting Camy Stark to Bible class used to be difficult for her parents, Josh and Lori. The 5-year-old from Moore, Okla., has caudal regression syndrome, a disease with symptoms similar to spina bifida, and it made traversing the church parking lot a challenge.

“We walked along with her until she got completely tired, until she wanted you to carry her,” Josh Stark says.

Now Camy zips up and down her driveway to grab the mail and has no problem getting around parking lots, thanks to her new power wheelchair. It came courtesy of David Heim, better known as the Wheelchair Recycler. Continue Reading »

Michele Lee’s Spinal Cord Injury Patient Story

Published: August 13, 2009 | Category: News

Michele_GroupShot-WebMichele Lee, 26, is a woman with a good job, an apartment in the city, a talent for painting and an independent, adventurous spirit. She doesn’t let being in a wheelchair keep her from enjoying being young and enjoying all the fruits the city of Chicago has to offer.

In 2003, two days before her graduation from the University of Arizona, Lee was in a car accident on her way to pick up her parents at the airport. Her C5 vertebra was fractured, resulting in, as she puts it matter-of-factly, “the whole paralysis thing.” She was left with no sensory or motor function in her legs and very little function in her arms and hands. Continue Reading »

The paralysis buster: Jab and exercise combination could help sufferers regain the use of their hands

Published: August 10, 2009 | Category: News

article-1205436-0602103B000005DC-723_468x490A jab that helps heal damaged spinal cords and eases paralysis is being developed by British scientists.

It is hoped that patients such as car crash victims could be given back the use of their hands, allowing them to eat and drink without help and even to return to work.

While the jab offers improvements that may seem small compared to the possibility of making the wheelchair-bound walk again, it could bring a huge benefits in terms of quality of life.

Scientists are developing an injection that will help heal damaged spinal cords and ease paralysis. Continue Reading »

The scourge of bedsores is being confronted

Published: August 6, 2009 | Category: Information

What do you know about bedsores? They come from too much pressure on your skin in one place for too long. If you are paralyzed, and have no sensation, say, on your butt, you might not even be aware you have one. And it can kill you.

Believe it or not, an ongoing controversy concerning whether or not bedsores are preventable was resolved when Medicare declared pressure ulcers (bedsores) a “never event”, i.e. a medical error. Continue Reading »

Life changing, not life ending

Published: August 6, 2009 | Category: News

PeterChisholmIt’s quiet under the water. The roar of the rapids muted.

But Peter Chisholm’s heart raced as he fought to grab the loops of his spray skirt.

This time it was different. This was not like the thousands of times he’d rolled in his kayak while navigating a rushing river.

In less time than it takes to dip a paddle in the water, Peter was upside down, the river hurling him on a life-changing ride. Continue Reading »