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Some things have happened in my career in Los Angeles months ago, and as a result, I found myself feeling so disappointed and frustrated. I knew what I wanted to do, and that was to host, to interview people, to make a difference with my communications degree, and to make a difference with my voice - the voice that I'm so lucky to have gained back after I lost it ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Mar 20, 2017 5:31 PM EDT
This month, we wanted to celebrate St. Patrick’s day by introducing a few ways to incorporate healthy eating into this month’s festivities. Spring is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to shift from heavy comfort foods to energizing, low calorie yet nutrient dense options. So why not go green for St. Patty’s? St. Patrick’s Day is full of ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Mar 12, 2017 1:20 PM EDT
I have a spinal cord injury due to an ATV accident on 5/24/14.  My level of injury is T3 Complete.  I am a paraplegic with full use of my hands and arms and I get around in a manual wheelchair. Over time, I have become fairly independent. I am able to do most everything on my own although it just takes a lot more time, as we all know.   The one big bother in my day was ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Feb 21, 2017 11:54 AM EST
Rotor cuffs, rotary cups, “my rotator” - you name it, I’ve pretty much heard all the misnomers for the group of muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint called the Rotator Cuff. Most people have either heard of it or think they know something about it. Since it’s a pretty crucial area for people of all ability levels, especially those who push ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Feb 14, 2017 11:12 AM EST
What a “labor of love” in creating this article. The women seated in wheelchairs have rolled to the top of their highest mountains. They are some of the strongest women on this earth and NOTHING stops them. Next time you encounter a woman in a wheelchair think, “What is she all about and how has her life impacted others in a positive way?” Never ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Feb 6, 2017 10:56 AM EST
When I was 13, I woke up one morning and could not move or walk on my right foot.  I had always been healthy, so this came as a shock.  I had a number of consults and progression of symptoms throughout my entire body to the point of being bedridden, in excruciating pain, unable to be touched, and my limbs developed contractures while being swollen and ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jan 24, 2017 1:11 PM EST
2016 was definitely not my favorite year. It was a year of challenges, injuries, shockers and even sadly, some losses. In speaking with many of my friends, not everyone had a year like this but there is a general consensus that we couldn’t wait for 2016 to be over. I've heard everything from "The stars are not aligned", “There is negative energy in the air” ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jan 18, 2017 2:50 PM EST
I am a stylist, a writer, and graduate student. My name is Molly Fitzpatrick, and I am on a mission to start thoughtful and important conversations about body image issues, in order to redefine labels and prove beauty is limitless, brave and about being body-shameless. As a woman who has an appreciation for fashion and the value of inner beauty, body ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 30, 2016 5:48 PM EST
Over 32 years ago, I lay in a hospital bed with a metal halo screwed into my skull, immobilizing my neck. I had a C5/C6 injury due to a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver. I was paralyzed from the collarbones down, parts of my arms and my hands and needed a tracheotomy to breathe. I was scared, depressed and angry. How could this happen to me? I was ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 20, 2016 12:11 PM EST
My name is Nicole Diaz, song creator and "love-bringer!" I’m 47, disabled, and passionate!  My story is about going from powerless to powerful. As a girl, I wanted to live my life with profound purpose. I was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a degenerative condition affecting muscle strength and movement. I’ve been in a wheelchair my entire life. I'm ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 9, 2016 6:20 PM EST
Gaelynn Lea Tressler of Duluth, Minnesota discovered her love of music back in 4th grade when the orchestra came to her school. She fell in love with her first musical instrument, the cello. Finding the cello too large to play, Gaelynn used creativity to figure out how to have a relationship with this instrument, and that began her journey of playing the ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Nov 9, 2016 6:15 PM EST
“A playbook for all of us about the power of love...” Lee Woodruff, New York Times #1 bestselling author, In an Instant    Annette Ross’ inspirational memoir details her personal challenges, financial struggles, and the life-altering medical error that left her unable to walk. Join Annette and her family on this journey to reclaim a lost fairy tale. ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 18, 2016 12:52 PM EDT
With the way this world is nowadays, being a powerful, successful and confident woman isn’t easy, for any woman. There are so many standards, so much the media tells us regarding how we should be or look like, to be “beautiful” and accepted. However, beauty is NOT defined by any race, size or ABILITIES. The Raw Beauty Project is an innovative arts project ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 9, 2016 12:57 PM EDT
As an accessibility consultant and travel writer based in the United Kingdom, I’ve done my fair share of navigating transport during trips.  I’m a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, but sometimes, however good my wheelies are or regardless of how many ‘arm days’ I’ve had at the gym, getting around certain transport situations can seem near ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Oct 9, 2016 12:48 PM EDT
Alicia Searcy has become Nashville’s go-to girl when it comes to fashion for people with disabilities, a mission first ingrained in her long ago without her even realizing it. Her mother had a love for style and made sure that her daughter, regardless of having cerebral palsy and using a wheelchair and crutches, was well dressed. Fashion was fun and a way ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 27, 2016 1:19 PM EDT
Christina Ormerod did what most other parents in the world do - she took her daughter to school every morning, nothing remarkable there. It was part of the every day trappings of being a parent, that is until a marriage break up and custody battle led child services to question whether she was fit enough to be a mother to her daughter.  Why? Christina ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 27, 2016 1:11 PM EDT
  "When I began water therapy," said Beth, "no one expected me to ever move in the water without someone holding me up."    My youngest child was paralyzed in a car accident near our hometown in Ohio. We became a team. In the rehab pool for physical therapy, Beth, fourteen years old and a new quadriplegic, tried and failed to stay afloat. Weeks later, I ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 7, 2016 11:12 AM EDT
Why not use modern technology to add a touch of convenience to your daily routine? Here are some of the best apps for disabled women: Stepping Stones This app is ideal for women who have recovered from traumatic brain injuries, have epilepsy or other conditions that affect memory. Women (and men!) with short term memory loss or learning disabilities ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Sep 7, 2016 11:00 AM EDT
There’s no denying that there’s still a long way to go for fair representation of people with disabilities in American media, but the television commercials of the summer of 2016 mark a positive shift in the right direction. There are ample chances to catch people with disabilities on the small screen, as this summer’s ads show people with disabilities ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 30, 2016 11:48 AM EDT
There is an inexorable link between wheelchair use and diabetes. Paralysis (one the most common causes necessitating wheelchair use) increases one’s risk for developing diabetes, owing to many factors, including decreased physical activity and decreased control over food choices, though even those with only limited mobility can also be ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 20, 2016 11:01 AM EDT