Recent Blog Posts

Human Digestive System
There has been a huge amount of discussion about bowels on a spinal cord injury Facebook group lately, so we thought we would confront the subject. There was no easy way to make this topic “stimulating.” Hahahaha!! A bit of nursing humor. First off, allow us to discuss the anatomy, as it may make the discussion easier to understand. The small intestine is ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Apr 19, 2018 11:35 AM EDT
Lorraine Lolly Mack
Exactly 14 years ago, I was to walk out of my house for the very last time... I was going out for the night with my boyfriend at the time, Gianluca who was over from Italy. Earlier that day, I called my mom and said that I didn’t know what to do about going out as I wanted to take Gianluca to show him Brick Lane Market on the Sunday morning and I knew there was no chance ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Apr 3, 2018 11:54 AM EDT
Kenguru Electric Car
If you’re one of the 20% of Americans who have a disability, you’ll know that sometimes life can be a bit (or a lot!) more challenging compared to those who have no mobility issues. Whether it’s navigating transport systems or simply making sure that the places you go are accessible, there can be a lot to think about - especially, if you’re a wheelchair ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Mar 27, 2018 11:56 AM EDT
Mobile Woman Linda Brown
Some of our MobileWOMEN from around the world have shared with us what living life in a wheelchair is like in their country. What you read about the differences or similarities between their stories and life in the United States might surprise you. In this installment, we interviewed Linda Brown. Please describe your disability? I had a car accident in ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Mar 19, 2018 12:43 PM EDT
I have been in touch with a team of graduate students from the California College of Arts . They asked me to share this survey in hopes we can input some information. They are exploring the development of universally accessible packaged food items.  They created a twelve question/ ten-minute survey. Please take a few minutes of your time to fill out the ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Mar 16, 2018 11:20 AM EDT
Mental Health Brain
For many women, poor mobility and mental health are closely linked. Often, the energy and time invested in looking after physical needs can mean mental health is overlooked. Low mood is generally an unseen health problem. The North Carolina Office of Disability and Health reports that individuals with disabilities are more likely to experience ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Mar 15, 2018 3:52 PM EDT
Andrea Dalzell, Nurse and Disabilities Advocate
Meet the set of wheels that is taking New York by storm! Andrea Dalzell is the newest member of the nursing community, and a pioneering activist for people with disabilities. She is a force to be reckoned with, and has emerged victorious against all the obstacles in her path. Transverse Myelitis left her paralyzed at the age of 12, but she did not allow her ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Feb 6, 2018 12:19 PM EST
Brrrr! Cold Temps
It really didn't seem that far, maybe 40 feet at the most. Recently, we were at a shopping mall but to access a restaurant that we were interested in, we had to go outside. I was in my power chair and could zoom quickly so I skipped putting my hat and mittens back on. “I should be fine”, I told myself. “I've done this many times and it's really not that far.” Within ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jan 24, 2018 4:23 PM EST
New Orleans
The New Year is here, and while weight loss is still the number one resolution of most  Americans, there are other ways that you can enrich your life in 2018. One way to do it is by traveling, which not only improves mental health but also boosts self-confidence , gives you brand-new experiences, allows you to further your education and knowledge, and ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jan 18, 2018 12:35 PM EST
Karen Fiera (with PICC Line)
I would like to introduce you to my friend and fellow mobileWOMAN, Karen Fiera. Karen and I live in the same town and for a time, attended the same church, however, we met online in 2011, not in person.  We instantly bonded over the shared journey of living and parenting, through a chronic illness and disability. We have shared the ups and downs of a journey ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jan 9, 2018 11:55 AM EST
Years ago, someone came up with the idea to recognize a condition each month.  For example, September is spinal cord injury month, October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and November is the month of diabetes awareness.  Awareness months, weeks, and days are important because they allow people with certain health conditions, along with their ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 19, 2017 12:13 PM EST
Founder, Rashmi Becker (on left) with dancer, Laura Dajao
Born in London, England, I started out as a competitive ice skater and began dancing to help my skating. As the younger sister of someone with Autism and learning disabilities, I became aware of the benefits of dance from an early age. Music and movement were a fantastic way, for my brother and me to connect and for him to communicate, manage his anxiety, ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 12, 2017 12:21 PM EST
Question Logo
OK, let's face it. Often when you use a wheelchair for mobility, you are a target, for not only staring but sometimes, for very strange or inappropriate questions. Most people have good intentions but sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder why they think it's OK to ask these questions. Often it stems from a lack of knowledge when it comes to ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 5, 2017 10:54 AM EST
Storm Shelter Sign
Around this time last year, I experienced staying at a shelter for the very first time. Something that I honestly never thought I would have to experience. You see, prior to moving to Florida three years ago, I lived in Brooklyn, New York. Hurricanes in that part of the country are very rare and the closest that I’ve ever come to experiencing a hurricane, ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 24, 2017 3:08 PM EDT
Gadgets Sign
Some of you may have been following our “Gadgets for Independence” Series for those with limited hand function (although these gadgets can make life easier for anyone!). So far, we shared with you some helpful gadgets that are specifically for cutting items like packages, paper, envelopes etc. and gadgets to be used in the kitchen . For our next ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 16, 2017 10:54 AM EDT
Founder, Alex Connell
If you are on social media lately, you may have noticed that the Internet has been abuzz about a new company that sells functional fashion for people with disabilities called “Patti Ricky”. What caught our attention was the fact that they refer to themselves as an “online department store for people with disabilities”! Whaaaaat? Sounds interesting ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 9, 2017 11:11 AM EDT
Emily and husband on trip
In August, the hubby and I went camping with the Walking Trout Foundation . We had met Steve and Charles at the Triumph Foundation Sports Festival in Los Angeles in April. There were these two guys in their forties, sitting by tents that were large enough to accommodate wheelchairs - I was intrigued. However, I became an RV camper while I was still ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 28, 2017 5:40 PM EDT
Gadgets Sign
In our last “ Gadgets for Independence ” article, we shared with you some helpful gadgets for those with limited hand function that are specifically for cutting items like packages, paper, envelopes etc. For this article, we would like to focus specifically on utensils that are for the kitchen. When I was younger, cooking was not very important to me. I ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 5, 2017 12:42 PM EDT
Paaty Kunze Picture
I am sitting at my desk with record setting temperatures outside, and thinking about spinal cord injury and our body’s inability to regulate temperature.  It’s just another ‘thang’ we are unable to perform.  But why does that happen to spinal cord injured individuals?  Why are we powerless to regulate our bodies in hot and/or cold?  Since its ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 16, 2017 6:03 PM EDT
Gadgets Sign
At a recent dental checkup, my dentist examined my teeth and then proceeded to talk to me about my “Grinding teeth at night Issue” and that I needed to be fitted for a special retainer. He explained to me that it would prevent me from wearing my teeth down any further while I was sleeping. He asked his assistant to go over the pricing with me and begin to take ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 9, 2017 4:07 PM EDT