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We at 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 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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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

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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,

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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...