• A Child's Perspective: Growing up with a Disability

    This week, Jessie+Luke‘s oldest daughter Isabella has shared her thoughts on what it’s like to be a child with a disability. Hi everyone. My name is Isabella, but everybody calls me Bella or Izzy. I wanted to write a few blogs for a bunch of reasons. I want to help my parents raise money for Christmas […]

  • Vanishing Friends After a Spinal Cord Injury

    Friendships all change with time. Some grow stronger and sometimes people drift apart. There is a different kind of friendship for those who experience a chronic illness or permanent injury. It’s called where the hell did they go? Oh you’ve heard of it? Yeah, you didn’t see that one coming did you…

  • The Heartbreak of Used Equipment

    This week, Jennifer’s husband Bryan shares his recent experience purchasing used medical equipment from another special needs family. Here’s his story. I was cruising Craigslist on Sunday afternoon looking for a good deal on a bike trailer that may fit our King Roa and give us another alternative for family outings. I had done my […]

  • Behaving like a child

    I have been behaving like a child on and off for the better part of 8 years, and I am not going to apologize for it. We all have heard and experienced that having a child with a disability gives parents a different view of life and the world than other parents. One of our […]

  • Learning to Lose Control

    I write this blog tentatively, as I still battle the lessons I’ve learned about what it means to lose control. What I mean by that is suffering a spinal cord injury lead me to learn how little control we have over the circumstances in our lives, in many various aspects of what used to be […]

  • Accident Anniversaries

    Today happens to be my anniversary. No, it’s not my wedding anniversary. Today is the day that my life forever changed. 10 years.. Seems like forever and some days it seems like it was only yesterday. “Yesterday”, I was like everyone else, running around in my carefree life taking so many simple pleasures for granted.

  • Another Year Another Injury Anniversary

    Could it be any more depressing…the anniversary of a terrible thing? September 11th is a perfect example. It’s a day you can’t forget, and when the day arrives all you can do is bow your head in silence. And if you were there personally, you probably feel physically ill on the day of the anniversary. […]

  • Some Pointers in Personalizing Your Mobility Device

    I’ve always said that my wheelchair is an extension of who I am, and how I see the world. So whenever I see extensions of personality of others in wheelchairs I smile. However, sometimes a lot of the personalization or even items that are designed to make things a bit easier for people may make […]

  • The Single Life Doesn't Suck

    I love being married, don’t get me wrong here, but there are some pretty great things about being single that you take for granted until they are gone from your life. We do talk about relationships a lot, and the work that they take in maintaining them to keep them healthy and happy. It definitely […]

  • Garrett in the EasyStand Glider at Beyond the Chair

    Garrett S. is a member of the U.S. Army, and one of the many Wounded Warrior clients that exercise at Beyond the Chair. He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury after being struck by lightning back in 2013, but he hasn’t let his injury slow him down.

  • Not Being Able to Feel 80% of Your Body? Yeah It’s Tricky

    One of the harsh realities of living with a spinal cord injury is the loss of sensation. When people think of paraplegics and quadriplegics, they usually think about how we can’t walk or move our arms. But the loss of sensation for many is by far the much worse side effect of paralysis (and you […]

  • Working Towards More

    He smiles, and laughs, and keeps working towards more. Even when inside he must be thinking:

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and Paralysis

    Urinary tract infections are very common in patients suffering from a spinal cord injury. One of the reasons for the high rate is that catheters can push bacteria from outside the body up into the bladder. There is also the issue of not being able to fully empty the bladder. Urine is a breeding ground […]