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every end has a new beginning

Every End Has a New Beginning

I’ll never forget the moment the accident happened. I was riding in the backseat of the truck, my boyfriend and his mom in the front. The truck began to swerve, and the last thing I remember is looking up to see my boyfriends’ reaction. The next thing I know I’m on the ground and a stranger is next to me telling me not to move. I was terrified. Fading in and out of consciousness, I looked around for my boyfriend. When I wake again I spot him pacing back and forth. I call to him to hold my hand and to stay with me but he responds, “Hold on my mom is still in the truck”. Darkness again. I open my eyes and realize I am in a helicopter. A man is telling me I’m going to be okay. All I remember saying to him is, “Can you hold my hand?” Read more

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Diagnosing Cramped Arm Muscles

After 20 Years, Helloo Sassy and Cramped Arm Muscles

It’s been almost two decades since my spinal cord injury, and needless to say sitting down for 20 years does not do a body good. While the face may age much less when you’re not as active and out in the elements (one of the few benefits of using a wheelchair), everything else in your body does not hold up as well, especially your muscles.

When you’re paralyzed in your arms and you’re only using one muscle group to do multiple movements, the muscles get worn out a lot quicker. That’s just an undeniable fact. And when you do these motions over and over again, year after year, eventually your muscles will sass back. Read more

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The Misguided Notion That Life with a Disability Isn’t Worth Living

I’ve always admired the lone individual who has the courage to say something when no one else can, and that certain someone is Richard Senelick, a writer whose article yesterday in The Atlantic, Reconciling Life and Quadriplegia, touched on a subject that’s been bugging me since it was the subject of much controversy in a hunting accident last month. Read more

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Humor: The Key to a Successful PCA Relationship

I’m a fun guy who likes to have fun. That said, I’ve always considered myself the most in my element and at my very best when I’m cracking jokes and making people laugh, and vice versa. It’s always come easy for me and it’s pretty much my my happy place. There’s nothing better than getting the good times rolling with oodles of belly laughs. Of course, there’s always something really great about pulling off a quality quick-witted zinger on a stranger (e.g. a server at a restaurant), but all of that is the most fun when it involves family, friends, and girlfriends. Read more

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Finally! An Indoor/Outdoor Trackchair

A Tank Chair to Take Home to Mom

Brand new tankchair technology from NANO-WEB – Nano Optonics Energy – recently showed their UNiMO, a caterpillar-tracked all-terrain wheelchair at the International

Robotics Exhibition in Toyko, and holy cow you guys – these folks have finally made what I’ve been dreaming about – a trackchair you can take inside.

Yes, I’ve been dreaming about it for awhile now; the perfect tankchair.

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How I Roll: Wheelchair How-to Site

A Site for ‘Green’ Paraplegics

The brainchild of Jacob, a 30 year old paraplegic and lifer resident from West Palm Beach, Florida, HowIRoll.com, founded in 2011, may be in the running for one of the coolest wheelchair how-to sites ever. If you’re a paraplegic and have always wanted to learn more “real life” mobility skills, HowIRoll.com is where you need to look first. Read more

stephen cluskey irish quad determined to provide accessible transport to all

Podcast #100 – Stephen Cluskey, Providing Accessible Transport for All

Born and raised in the Dublin area, Stephen shares his awesome story of survival. Injured when he was 18 in a fall, the now 29-year-old is about to receive his business degree, which is incredibly apropos considering he just launched a website to help people with disabilities find accessible taxis in Ireland (with an app along the way too). Read more