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Life After Paralysis is a blog that represents a variety of paralysis community members. It is a place for open conversation about the issues and the interests of people living with paralysis, their family, friends, caregivers, and the professionals that serve them.
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Category: Rehabilitation Category
One of the more important lessons when I was learning to drive a car was that it was important to keep the rubber side down. Since "keeping the rubber side down" is also important for those of us who use wheelchairs, I still keep that phrase in the back of my mind. Read More
There was a time, shortly after I finished my initial rehab and was released from the hospital, that I thought it might be possible to recover my pre-injury strength and stamina so that I might compete in athletic endeavors again. Even though such competitions would be done from a wheelchair this time around, I was (relatively) young and healthy enough to assume that anything was possible if I put my mind to it. Unfortunately, my mind did not do a great job of sharing that message with my body. Read More
September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. As I write, Christopher Reeve's wheelchair is in transit for a special exhibition to help raise awareness of paralysis. Such a powerful icon, Superman's empty wheelchair.
The first time I rolled into the offices of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, I was struck by a couple of things. First, the Foundation is housed in such modest space. It's not a posh, flashy (expensive) suite designed to awe visitors and potential donors. It's simply working offices.
Next I was awestruck by Christopher's chair ensconced in the lobby, silent and insistent.Read More
Many people view those of us who are paralyzed as a class of individuals who take from society, rather than giving back. We rely on public and private insurance to cover the costs of our medically-related expenses, are often unemployed, and can have difficulty getting out and about on a regular basis due to a lack of reliable transportation. I contend that they are wrong, very wrong, and that we are, instead, viable contributors to the economy through our purchases that are not covered by whatever insurance we have available to us. Read More
Who says you can't learn anything from daytime TV? During an interview with Matt Lauer
of the NBC Today Show
on yesterday's Ellen Degeneres Show
, I learned that Martha Stewart
has signed up as a member of Match.Com
in order to seek out romance. Apparently her action has resulted in a 30% increase in memberships on that online dating site, as many older single people now realize that such a service might be appropriate for them if it is OK for Martha. Read More
The year of my spinal cord injury, 1988, was a very bad year. Surprisingly, I did not realize how bad it really was until some old correspondence was discovered while my sister was cleaning out my mother's files a couple of months ago. The family Christmas letter from that year told the full story, and I learned from that two-page letter that I must not have been aware of what had been going on around me that entire year. Read More