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We at mobileWOMEN.org believe that women with disabilities steer their own lives. Empowered by knowledge, we are having children, pursuing careers, competing in professional sports arenas, becoming community leaders, and living life to the fullest! Now at mobileWOMEN.org there is a place for us to unite and ask questions, as well as share ideas, insights, and experiences. Most of all, this site is a place where we can learn from each other.
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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
Q & A with Heidi McKenzie What led to the start of ALTER UR EGO?   In 2007 I was in a car accident that left me a T4 paraplegic. Not long after, in 2012, I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, which opened so many doors...that were handicap accessible of course! I was an advocate for those in wheelchairs and I traveled the country sharing my story. I went on to ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 10, 2016 4:51 PM EDT
According to studies conducted by the Bureau of Justice , people with disabilities are as much as three times more likely to be a victim of a crime than those without disabilities. While the statistic is alarming, it shouldn’t be a reason for people with disabilities to shelter themselves from living a full, productive, and active life. It should, ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Aug 10, 2016 3:56 PM EDT
The Problem “Record-breaking heat!” “First alert weather.” “Heat advisory.” “Scorching temperatures!” It seems that, for much of the nation, these have been common phrases used to describe recent weather. For many of us who are sitting, this means overheating (due to an inability to sweat), dehydration (which can lead to constipation) and edema. ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 26, 2016 6:24 PM EDT
Life After SCI On June 22, 2006, I was a 32 year old single mother of three and seven months pregnant, when a man broke into my home, shot me in the neck, left me paralyzed from my breast line down, and took the life of my unborn child. Despite the very horrific nature of my SCI (Spinal Injury Cord) and losing my mobility, I celebrate life every year. This year I am ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 20, 2016 11:42 AM EDT
The Raw Beauty Project Celebrates Beauty, Power, and Passion with Los Angeles Exhibit Debut Sept. 17 at Paul Mitchell The School – Pasadena. The Raw Beauty Project is an innovative photography exhibit that celebrates women with disabilities. The goal of the exhibit is to redefine perceptions of beauty, educate audiences, and empower all women. The ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 13, 2016 11:01 AM EDT
Your elderly parent has been most fortunate to have lived a healthy lifestyle for decades. There are presently no warning signs on the horizon. When we hear personal stories about long term care “events”, they’re usually conflicted or disturbing and almost always negative. Siblings become angry with each other over who will be responsible for the ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jul 6, 2016 11:18 AM EDT
In May of 2000, Elizabeth Kolbe, fourteen years old, was paralyzed in a car accident with a spinal cord injury at C6-7. That night, unable to move, Beth reassured her mom, saying, “I’m okay. Everything will be okay.”             Two surgeries and two weeks later, Beth transferred to a rehab hospital in Green Springs, Ohio, to work with an extraordinary ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 29, 2016 11:14 AM EDT
A few years ago, I heard about adaptive paddleboarding on The Today Show , and I was immediately intrigued! The Onit Ability Board was designed for people who use wheelchairs to be able to paddleboard while sitting in a wheelchair, affixed to a paddleboard. Simply transfer from your chair to the all-terrain surf chair with a locking mechanism attached, ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 26, 2016 12:10 PM EDT
Sitting recalling events from a lifelong passed, I wonder how life became so cold, almost unbearable. My words and thoughts are rarely heard by others. Only by writing, can I feel truly free without judgment or criticism. Pity was neither welcomed nor needed, only a familiar face that was a close friend. Long days and even longer nights, have allowed me ... more...
Posted by Sparky on mobileWOMEN Jun 16, 2016 12:05 PM EDT

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    Good morning, Jenn.
    Thanks for taking the time to send me good information. I am still looking for feedback from women who have a SCI and have recently had a pregnancy and delivery. So whoever reads this post, I would be happy to hear you are willing to share your individual experiences for the benefit of other women. Thanking you all in advance.   
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    Hi DRF,

    I hope you are able to get some feedback from the community on this topic, listed below is a link to our factsheet on Sex and Pregnancy which may connect with some helpful information and additional resources you can persure for your writing piece.

    Sex and Pregnancy for Females

    The Reeve Foundation also has Information Specialist on staff that can direct you to addition resources, please call 1-800-539-7309 or fill out our online form.

    Take Care,

    Jenn 
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    I would like to write a service piece dealing with the pregnancy and birth experiences of women with SCI. This article would be available to the community of active wheelchair users. The goal of my article would be to help women and their partners have a positive pregnancy and delivery, no matter where they lived. Right now, I am looking for women willing to answer some written questions dealing with their recent (past few years) experiences. Thanks to everyone who is willi...