On Recovering My Self Confidence

On Recovering My Self Confidence

I’m talking with a friend who’s an instructor at Parsons School of Design. G teaches a class where students design and create clothing for individuals with various disabilities, so she’s kind of the go-to when it comes to the disabled populace at that school. She mentions a conversation she had with a writer for the alumni magazine.  Read more

Swimming After A Spinal Cord Injury

Swimming After A Spinal Cord Injury

How many of you still go swimming? I remember my first time in the pool after my accident. It was a liberating yet terrifying experience. Floating free in the water without a wheelchair under me. Look at me I am standing! Logic tells you that you won’t drown in a pool with a life jacket holding you up. Fear of drowning because you know you can’t move your legs tells you something else. I now have a love/hate relationship with our pool. Read more

Does Time Move Differently After a Traumatic Injury

Does Time Move Differently After a Traumatic Injury?

I’ve noticed a lot of weird things happen when you go through a life changing accident, and I’m not talking about the physical side of things (in this case a spinal cord injury). I’m talking about the way the mind wraps itself around such a thing. As the years pile on of living with quadriplegia, one thing seems evident – my walking years truly seem like yesterday, even if they weren’t. And they were 23 years ago for Christ’s sake. Read more

My Summer Vacation Plans

My Summer Vacation Plans

I have been dealing with a lot of pain recently and have decided to focus on the positive if I can for only a few minutes and talk about my summer vacation plans. I have plans to make a lot of new memories. They may not be remembered by me, but they will live on in my children, my wife, and my family. Read more

This Pain

This Pain

What is pain? Pain is knowing that you will never be worth fighting for in life. Pain is knowing that your life is a lie. Pain is reading how much your dad loves you and having him tell you to go find your new daddy. Pain is seeing your mother cry because your dad has snapped and punched her. Pain is when there is nothing else left to feel because even your anger has been beaten down. I am in pain. Read more

5 Ways to Get Cool FAST with a Spinal Cord Injury

5 Ways to Get Cool FAST with a Spinal Cord Injury

The human body is a marvel. Somehow it ended up with the ability to cool itself via sweat, but when you have a spinal cord injury this ability is turned off. Many are shocked to hear this, but when you have a spinal cord injury, you really can no longer sweat. Not surprisingly, this can cause some pretty gnarly health scares. Read more

Overheating After an SCI

Overheating After an SCI

Before my accident I knew almost nothing about spinal cord injuries. I definitely did not know that you lost the ability to sweat below your level of injury. While it’s weird at least my wife can’t complain that my feet stink. This was definitely an issue before my accident. Boots are not breathable and the funk was strong in this one. Read more

A Wheelchair-User’s Self-Esteem Maintenance Guide

A Wheelchair-User’s Self-Esteem Maintenance Guide

Body positive messaging is more popular than ever, and it’s about time. For too long wheelchair-users have only felt like they were less than. It’s not easy rolling around this world looking up. As a wheelchair-user for many many years, I know that maintaining a decent self esteem is difficult. Read more

What I Want People to Remember

What I Want People to Remember

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Lately I have been so completely wrapped up in my own pain and hurt that I have forgotten that my dad is in pain too. I can’t pretend to understand what he is going through and he can’t pretend to understand how he is hurting us. I don’t want to forget the good things about life and let it hold me down so I am going to write some good memories of my dad to share, but also to remind myself. No matter how rough life gets I’m going to shove it right back. Read more

Puffy Toes, Unhappy Soul

Puffy Toes, Unhappy Soul

When you’re paralyzed, hating your feet is usually something that comes along for the ride. Maybe it’s because they don’t listen to your brain waves anymore, or maybe it’s because they get puffed up and never fit in shoes right. Or maybe it’s because they’re a targeted fetish of weirdos on the internet. Sigh. Whatever the reason, it’s hard for a girl who likes feel to pretty. Read more