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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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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
People living with paralysis, from whatever cause, lose many things besides movement as a result of their injuries. It doesn't matter if the paralysis originated from birth or is the result of a disease, accident or other sudden onset, there is likely to be a loss of lifetime earning capacity and a rapid depletion of whatever savings existed prior ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Aug 17, 2015 1:50 PM EDT
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
Every anniversary of the ADA, amidst all hoopla about the gains in public accommodations and transportation that have been made, there is the grim recitation of the brutal facts about the real status of the people with disabilities.  As one magazine put it, we are "poor, jobless, and. bored." According to an NPR report, people with ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Aug 5, 2015 3:30 PM EDT
The date of my spinal cord injury in January, 1988 began like many other weekend days. I usually practiced or competed in amateur athletics of different types on weekends, and on that fateful Sunday afternoon it was a dual slalom ski race. Things went rapidly downhill, like the speed and direction I had been traveling, when I tripped after crossing the ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Aug 3, 2015 6:04 PM EDT
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
Those of us living in the United States have been the fortunate beneficiaries of a remarkable series of disability civil rights laws spanning over half a century. Because some of these laws have been in existence for so long, there is an unfortunate tendency to take them for granted. After all, once a law has been established for a while, there is an ... more...
Posted by Michael Collins on Life After Paralysis Jul 20, 2015 10:55 AM EDT
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
As you are no doubt aware, things are heating up for the 25 th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26. There is the ADA Legacy Tour Bus touring around America, a traveling exhibit promoting all things disability. I think it's in Wisconsin this week. Or if you are the Los Angeles area, there is a big ADA 25 celebration in the Dodger ... more...
Posted by ARucker on Life After Paralysis Jul 10, 2015 4:17 PM EDT
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

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Smoke is filling the skies throughout the West. That air quality poses a real risk to people suffering with chronic c...
It's a good idea to review this again as the summer of rampaging wildfires continues to destroy hundreds of square mi...
Any further info on this? I'm interested in getting something to help me track my movements.
Thanks for writing about money… it is hard to afford daily supplies… or a caregiver… nobody wants to talk about it.
the irony is I am reading this article while on hold with the country trying to get a form resent (4th try) on behalf of m...

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