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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. Comments are welcome!
 
The opinions expressed in these blogs are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Most Recent Life After Paralysis Blog Posts

airchair
I love to travel. My favorite way to travel is by aircraft, for me the feeling of flying is beyond words and I never tire of gazing through my window seat porthole at the cities, mountains, rivers and clouds below as I jet above the earth. If I had a chance to fly in rocket ship or a fighter jet plane, I would take it. Now I’m not keen on jumping out of planes or hang ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Mar 15, 2016 1:59 PM EDT
Homeless wheelchair user
To be paralyzed or otherwise disabled in America is to be largely invisible, at least in public life. Characters or actors with disabilities rarely show up on TV.The appearance of such a character is a cause for celebration, which underscores its novelty. There are barely any disabled newscasters, sportscasters, late night hosts, or other media ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Feb 24, 2016 2:18 PM EST
SnowCandace
Well, February second is the exact halfway point between the winter solstice, the darkest, longest night of the year and the vernal equinox or spring and Easter. This date is also Groundhog Day when Punxsutawney Phil, America’s folk-hero ground hog and shinning paragon of weather forecasting determines the length of winter, when he does or does not ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Feb 9, 2016 1:35 PM EST
ART
Fear is a funny thing, not Ha, Ha funny. It’s more I’m freaking out and I’m going to laugh at inappropriate moments, funny, because I’m so scared I’m acting out with bizarre behavior, funny. When I’ve been sucked into fear, I’ve lost my conscious mind and I'm spiraling in whirling mind suck eddies unable to transcend into the kind of mind that makes ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Feb 2, 2016 2:21 AM EST
Change
     Of all the problems facing someone who is paralyzed – physical, emotional, and social – I think that social perceptions, and self-perceptions, are the thorniest. At least in my cases, physical problems are largely reduced to skin breakage and infection. In your case it may be neuropathic pain or vascular complications or persistent UTI’s or ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Jan 27, 2016 3:41 PM EST
Bowie
When I heard Blackstar, the latest album by David Bowie, was going to be released very soon, I was poised, ready to spend my money. I arranged my time; as soon as I got his new music, I would listen, listen for his lovely voice, the difference, the angst and a truth about how things felt for him, he was sharing with me, us, his fans. I have very few artists that I’m ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jan 12, 2016 11:23 AM EST
Candace Christmas
As Christmas day and all it’s cheer from fun family times (yes, I am blessed to have a family I can and want to be with) came to an end last week, I thought back on the people, places and things that are stand outs for me in this final week of an almost past year of 2015. Taking stock of the last 365 days, neatly packaged as one year, is something in recent times I’ve ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Dec 31, 2015 11:39 PM EST
Candace Cable Holiday Family
'Tis the season for spirited holiday travel to spend precious moments celebrating with family and friends and that requires some planning no matter where we are going. But planning for bouncing along the highways, clicking along train tracks or zipping through airports into the wide blue yonder can swiftly develop into slow, tedious torture for ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Dec 15, 2015 2:10 PM EST
Candace Artwork
I've discovered in my advanced age, there is much more that can now hinder my sleep, then there was in my youth, or it just feels that way. But, erratic bedtimes, life stresses, hormone changes (yes I have been down the road and arrived at my destination of menopause), food choices, too much blue light from my phone and computer and worrying about not ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Nov 10, 2015 1:52 PM EST
National Disability Employment Awareness
In America each month of the year has awareness of something or other attached to it. I have to admit I like this awareness game we play, I like that consciousness is required of us about topics we may or may not be comfortable with or want to think about. But we need to think about some of this to stay healthy or to even do something to create an equitable world ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Oct 13, 2015 12:33 PM EDT
Candace Cable
People with SCI have so much more than a damaged spinal cord to take care of. We must tend to all the organs of our internal body as well as our external body and then there is the equipment we need to be mobile in our communities that often lack simple physic.al access for our wheelchairs. Our lives can at times feel so complicated, vast, yet alone and ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Sep 29, 2015 12:44 PM EDT
Candace Cable at Emmys
I have a couple of theories about people with disabilities I'd like to share with you. One is we have this seventh inherent and intuitive sense that alerts us to another like ourselves, a person with a disability, in our vicinity, we perk-up, we hone in and we must seek them out to make contact with them. I believe our intelligence is akin to sonar, the ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Sep 23, 2015 11:29 AM EDT
Candace Cable Broken Leg
This is a little blog on simple gratitude. The gratitude I have for arriving at twelve weeks post fracture full of good results, even as I worried and fretted of all the mishaps and what might not be or be.  But Good Golly Miss Molly, Gosh Dang my leg feels so good today!  And for someone who can't feel the touch of a hand brush against the skin on ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Aug 25, 2015 1:02 PM EDT
Parapan American Games
I just won't get over it, I'm not saying can't because if I wanted to force myself I could do it, I've been able to forced myself to get over and give up stuff, just about anything that doesn't serve me as I move forward in my life, then I push it out the door. Oh, that forcing bit hasn't been without back sliding, but eventually, ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Aug 11, 2015 12:49 PM EDT
Candace Cable wheelchair racer
In this month of July throughout all the celebrations surrounding the 25 years that the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA, has been in place in the United States, there's been a question that was put to the folks and answered, all over America what does the ADA mean to you? This question was offered to the blog squad by the staff of the ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jul 28, 2015 1:12 PM EDT
Veggies
The next blog that I had hoped to write on my bone fracture repair adventure was to be about my emotions and how I am dealing with this Staycation I am on. But I’m not ready to spill my guts, yet. Oh, I’ve been talking to be sure and getting advice, guidance and support with close friends and Dr. Dan about this roller coaster emotional ride ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jul 14, 2015 12:42 PM EDT
Candace Cable broke her leg
It seems there is some falling going on. Fellow blogger Allen Rucker's Before the Fall blog and now I have my After the Fall blog! So when last we connected I had only moments ago tumbled and I attempted to close my last blog with a trace of suspense recounting that all was well with my world and then my world turned upside down in a matter of seconds when I ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jun 30, 2015 1:16 PM EDT
CC
Remember when the economy took a tumble; people were cutting back on shopping, luxuries and vacations, the extra stuff it was the Great Recession of 2007-2010? Do you remember how families and single folks came up with the idea of a stay-at-home-vacation , a Staycation , creating leisure activities at home or close to home and slept in their own beds at ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jun 16, 2015 12:55 PM EDT
Food
I discovered information on how fruits and vegetables can assist in healing, curbing addiction and how food synergy can increase the affect in a really good way. Just knowing that eating more fruits and vegetables in their most natural form improves my mental health has me feeling more powerful already and excited about moving toward optimal mental ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Jun 2, 2015 1:54 PM EDT
Candace Cable on hydration
When my fingers brush along my body, it's skin that my fingers slide over, skin that feels and doesn't feel, alive, leaving me with a shaky love/exasperated relationship with it, that fascinates and irritates me. This relationship has all the appreciation, liberation, confusion, ire, compromise, duality, cherishing and edginess any ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis May 20, 2015 12:42 AM EDT

Recent Comments

My injury happened when I was three years old. I was on the handle bars of a bicycle with my brother when a drunk driver racing through the neighborhood hit us. I was thrown through the air, witnesses said 75 feet. Through the years the doctors told my mother that I wouldn't live past a certain age. They did this 3 times. After that they stopped trying to predict...
About the goosebumps and sweating below your fracture... I have T-12 complete and I still get both of those. My Dr said its odd and don't know how but it happens. Quite alot to be honest. Do you know what this could be?
It's feels so good to see such people living their life so actively. They are truly an inspiration. And thanks to technology for making their life easier there are so many products available in market like power chairs, wheelchairs, pride scooters etc. to help them live actively. While exploring internet I found a few sites like http://www.spinlife.co...
Karen,
I really enjoyed your story. I'd like to converse with you if you'd like. I've been in a chair for 38 years now and it's nice to find someone with longevity in a chair. Take care, Edye
I really enjoyed reading this, it is very well written!