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When I walked into the hospital for my scheduled c-section on November 17, 2004, I had no idea that those would be the last steps that I would ever take, as an able bodied mom. A rare complication during my procedure, caused a bruise on my spinal cord at T 11-12. I had no feeling from the hips down on my right side, some feeling on the left and no bowel or bladder ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 20, 2017 1:07 PM EDT
Over two years ago, we featured mobileWOMAN Deborah Mellen, an avid sailor & a philanthropist who is now sailing the world and educating others about the possibilities for people with disabilities. Deborah’s story began tragically as many do, when she became paralyzed in her mid-thirties, in Tuscany Italy. Originally from New York, Deborah and her ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 5, 2017 3:10 PM EDT
My Story On June 13, 1998, my husband Mark Leder and I went for a bicycle ride on a rural wooded bike trail in Granville, OH. After riding for a few minutes, Mark thought he heard a gunshot and slowed down to investigate.  As he scanned the scene he saw a large tree falling. He shouted, “Stop!” But the warning was too late. Instantly, I was crushed by a 7,000 ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN May 25, 2017 12:17 PM EDT
Recently, I was in the hospital for a bladder augmentation surgery. I have a neurogenic bladder due to my injury which causes my bladder to spasm. In the past, I was on medication and was getting Botox injections at least every six months, which was effective for many years but gradually my body became resistant to the Botox. I found myself feeling ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN May 25, 2017 11:55 AM EDT
A day in October of 2006, I was at home doing laundry.  On this day, I knew something was different about me that just didn’t feel right. I was feeling weak and sick, but ignored it and took a walk across the street, to go to a store to get exact change for the laundry machine.  I’ll never forget that walk across the street, because little did I know, it would be my ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN May 15, 2017 12:56 PM EDT
“I’ve never had anyone with a disability complain about accessibility to anything, you’re the first one. So, I am interested in what you have to say.” This was said by an official leader in my town, when we met to discuss accessibility to the beach. This person for his own protection shall remain anonymous. I being the advocate that I am, chose to take the ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN May 3, 2017 11:33 AM EDT
Tracy has an engaging way of embracing the moment. With every obstacle, Tracy looks for a positive signal and draws strength from that symbol. There is a magic about Tracy. Without even trying to, Tracy educates people on how to be unstoppable. We all benefit her dream to have the world see ‘people’ first. ~ Barry Spilchuk, #1 bestselling co-author of A ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Apr 25, 2017 12:44 PM EDT
The term “Osteoporosis”……what comes to mind?  An elderly person?  Post-menopausal woman? But what does bone density loss mean to the spinal cord injured individual?  Actually it’s quite an important term since we no longer use our legs or extremities as we once did prior to our injury. This article was assisted by a fellow nurse who is also spinal cord ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Apr 17, 2017 12:06 PM EDT
Can you believe it, springtime is already here! But hey, no complaining over here. Springtime is one of my most favorite times of the year. This is the season of rebirth. Even though I live in Florida where seasons don't really exist, you can still see the change in the landscape. The grass is greener. More flowers are blooming and there's literally a song ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Apr 6, 2017 6:13 PM EDT
On December 10th 2016, my life changed in a way that had only been a dream for much of it. I picked up my keys for my very first apartment.  Yes, I’m a late bloomer with getting my first place, one could say.  Many obtain their first homes in their 20s or earlier 30s when going away to college or getting a first job.  But for me, it was a long journey to get to that ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Mar 31, 2017 7:51 PM EDT
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