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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

Advocacy is a powerful thing. Yet taking part in the act is sometimes as simple as telling your own story. Recently, MedPac ,  voiced support for "site-neutral" payment. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Life After Paralysis Mar 24, 2015 3:50 PM EDT
Dan Griffin
This month marks the anniversary of my spinal cord injury, not the type of milestone I had on the calendar growing up, yet not the sad occasion some may assume.  When April 10 has me looking back, it’s a reminder of all the good that directly followed my car accident.  Like all difficult moments, there are always ordinary people delivering in extraordinary ways.  Those types of people, in that type of moment in my life, are always on my mind and deserve my thanks: more...
Posted by DanGriffin on Life After Paralysis Apr 10, 2014 10:30 AM EDT
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After nearly nine years living with a spinal cord injury, I cannot begin to count the times I’ve told myself:  society is still not ready for people in wheelchairs.  I recognize, even tolerate at times, society’s shortcomings, but I will not fall victim to them. more...
Posted by DanGriffin on Life After Paralysis Mar 26, 2014 2:20 PM EDT
Dan Griffin
I would never say my way of doing things is the only way or even the right way. I am certain, however, embracing change and rejecting the false comforts of normalcy is the first step in defining your way. Two weeks after my 21st birthday, on a sunny April morning, I flipped a truck four times resulting in a C-7 spinal cord injury. Defining my way took an unforeseen detour that day and today one fact is clear: paralysis changed my life for the better. more...
Posted by DanGriffin on Life After Paralysis Feb 5, 2014 2:35 PM EST

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...
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!