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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!
 
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I live in one of the 23 states that has approved sale of medical marijuana to "patients" with a doctor's prescription. Going a step further, our voters recently approved the establishment of retail stores where the sale is legal even without a prescription. Entrepreneurs bid for the right to sell marijuana-based products in specific ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jul 6, 2015 1:48 PM EDT
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
Disasters are a common occurrence worldwide, and no region or state can be assured that something unexpected will not threaten property, health and lives with no, or minimal, warning. Whether earthquakes in Nepal, typhoons in Southeast Asia or floods in the American South, we seem to be experiencing disasters unlike anything that has occurred in the ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jun 22, 2015 5:01 PM EDT
I fell the week before last, and it scared the bejesus out of me. I was sitting on the edge of a swimming pool, drying out, when suddenly my upper torso fell straight back and hit the limestone pavement behind it with a thud. My neck jerked back, but only grazed the pavement. My back hit squarely with nothing to break the fall. I was stunned but maintained ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Jun 22, 2015 4:35 PM EDT
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
When it comes to dependency , those of us who are paralyzed provide the ultimate examples of the negative impacts of having to count on multiple layers of people and systems for our very independence, and perhaps survival. The fact that we must deal with this on a daily basis does not make it any easier to accept. It simply means that every day has the ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jun 4, 2015 10:50 PM EDT
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
I have only been in this paralysis business for just short of twenty years, but I -- and people much smarter -- have come to believe that the most effective way to help others in the same predicament is through personal stories. I'm sure there are many other valid approaches -- prayer, meditation, medication, therapy -- but what I walk away with and ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis May 28, 2015 2:01 PM EDT
If there was ever a good time to become paralyzed with a spinal cord injury or from some other reason, this may be it. Paralysis itself is never good of course, under any circumstances, but the timing happens to be right when it comes to counteracting the damage that causes paralysis. Newly injured individuals today are being treated by a generation of ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis May 21, 2015 2:19 PM EDT
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
We celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 this July 26th. That may not seem like much time when compared to some of the other anniversaries or milestones we all have in our lives, but that's a "quarter of a century."  While that phrasing may make the period during which we have been ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis May 12, 2015 6:54 PM EDT
The catch phrase of the day – heck, maybe the catch phrase of the year – is “ implicit bias .” All of a sudden, the media is swamped with stories about implicit, or unconscious, bias. Implicit bias is just what it says – someone who shows a bias or somehow discriminates against a person of a different sex, race, religion or such without being conscious ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Apr 29, 2015 1:02 PM EDT
For the past 27 years I have considered myself a champion for the wonder of mobility. Beginning with the day when I found myself unable to move on a snowy ski slope, all of my efforts have been directed at getting off my back and getting moving again. My recent blog expressing gratitude for what a succession of wheelchairs has done for me in that regard was the ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Apr 21, 2015 5:12 PM EDT
Sometimes Facebook is not just a colossal waste of brain cells. It can be downright thought provoking. A friend and colleague, David Radcliff, a real Facebookian and in his off-line hours, a talented young screenwriter and journalist, posted an illuminating FB entry the other day about disability. David has CP and is very astute about what many young ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Apr 15, 2015 4:21 PM EDT
It took only a short while after my spinal cord injury before I came to realize that the most defining feature of my newfound disability would be my means of transportation. I instantly went from being identified as "that tall guy with dark hair and blue eyes" to my newfound persona as "that guy in the wheelchair." Whenever I entered ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Apr 3, 2015 4:55 PM EDT
Traveling by aircraft these days’ means dealing with a variety of people when traveling from the curb or car park to boarding the aircraft. If that person has a disability there is a very good chance that the people that are encountered along the way, may or may not understand that are laws that protect and guarantee certain accessibility rights. ... more...
Posted by Candace on Life After Paralysis Mar 31, 2015 11:33 PM EDT
My lovely wife turned seventy last weekend and I have six months to go until that fateful day, but I like to get the jump on things so I'm already acting seventy. What does that mean? I'm still working on that answer, but it doesn't seem that my paralysis plays any bigger a role in my aging than it did when I was fifty or sixty. Sure, I can't ... more...
Posted by Community Admin on Life After Paralysis Mar 30, 2015 4:06 PM EDT
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
The first few months after my spinal cord injury were similar to being lost in a fog at night. Like many of my peers, I was suddenly paralyzed and adrift in a world that I had never expected. There were pains originating from areas I could not identify, and itches in places that my inert hands could not scratch. With my neck immobilized to prevent further ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Mar 24, 2015 1:42 PM EDT
Update: Should Tomorrow Be will have its NY Premiere at the NY Indian Film Festival on Saturday, May 9th at 12:30pm at the Village East Cinema (at 181 2nd Avenue, NY, NY). Purchase tickets here.   As a parent and caregiver, I am always interested in understanding the journey of other family members impacted by paralysis. I first learned of Malini Goel as a ... more...
Posted by KarenLeGrand on Life After Paralysis Mar 23, 2015 10:10 AM EDT

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