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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
Emily Ann Hupe
One of the first things that I remember about our old house and property, was the smell. As we got out of the car, the first day we looked at the property, I inhaled deeply, the smell of the pine trees. I closed my eyes and let that smell envelop me and it created such a peace. I have so many memories of camping and canoeing associated with that smell. These were ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 1, 2017 1:39 PM EDT
Aimee Hofmann speaking at the Gala
The Race for a Cure Gala to benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation took place on June 17, 2017 in Westchester, NY. The idea to hold the event first ignited when my husband, Daniel, decided to take on the 2017 NYC Marathon with his friend, Michael, under “Team Reeve”.  We saw this as a great opportunity to contribute to the Foundation since they ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 18, 2017 2:51 PM EDT
The Human Brain
My articles are usually written on maintaining health but I wanted to expand on a question asked earlier and further discuss CONCUSSIONS and WHEELCHAIR FALLS.  Concussions, in general, have been in the forefront of Sports Medicine lately, with the increase of head injuries in football and soccer alike.  No longer is this type of injury “accepted” as ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 11, 2017 11:38 AM EDT
Flash Mob near Capitol Hill (Kara is 3rd from right)
About two weeks ago, I participated for the second time in an amazing event known as the Roll on Capitol Hill or ROCH in Washington D.C.  Sponsored by United Spinal Association , ROCH in an annual legislative advocacy event that addresses issues that impact the health, independence and quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injuries ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 29, 2017 11:40 AM EDT
Emily Ann Hupe
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
Deborah & her dog, Winter enjoying peace & tranquility
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
Rosemarie with her husband Mark (& kitty) at home
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
Hospital Sign
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