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
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
We all know a big part of being a responsible dog owner is taking your dog out for a walk. But it’s not that easy from a seated position, and on four wheels at that. And the fact that most dogs aren’t bright enough to stay away from your wheels so the leash doesn’t get caught up doesn’t help. Read more
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
Growing up, my mom was always in the kitchen cooking. It really was the heart of the home, and it still is whenever you go over there. Just the other day it was chicken rice soup and fresh bread day. She is the happiest when she’s cooking, and I do believe I have a little bit of that in me as well. Read more
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
A Tank Chair to Take Home to Mom
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.
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
If you are in need of regular help from PCAs, you may know a thing or two about how difficult it is to find good people. You hear it from everyone who hires people, from corporations and hospitals to mom and pop ice cream shops, and this year out of all my years of being paralyzed, I must say, this is blindingly true. Read more
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