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A meaning among many words

A Moment Among Many Feelings

As I laid there staring at the ceiling, listening to machines beeping and people screaming, I was worried that I may never be where I was before. I had made it through this situation, and hoped that nothing like it would ever cross my path again. Laying there made me realize that there’s more to life than just going around pretending to be the one person you’re not. It made me think about my past actions, and the person that I have now become. I desperately wanted to realize who I was in this world, where I fit in, and why this had happened to me. Read more

Introducing Jessie + Luke!

Introducing Jessie + Luke!

Hello world out there, it’s nice to meet you! We would like to introduce ourselves to you before we bore you with my wife’s incessant chatting and wealth of useless knowledge that you may actually appreciate. Read more

Rebecca Tripp

No Free Rides episode #102 – Rebecca Tripp, Ascender of Trees

In episode #102 of No Free Rides, we are joined by nature lover Rebecca Tripp, a paraplegic from Maine who participated in one of the coolest summer research programs ever with the REU Canopy Explorers that took her up into the treetops of Kansas (to gather lichen samples no less). Read more

Wheelchair Skydiving

Extreme Wheelchair Lifestyles: Not For Me

No Jumping Out of Planes for Me

Just take one look at at the news and chances are you’ll find someone in a wheelchair doing something pretty crazy that’s grabbing the headlines. Read more

Special Needs Perspective

Seeing the World from a Special Needs Perspective

My eyes are no longer my own.

Whether with my children or away, I look at the world through their eyes.

This past weekend, we were gifted with an end-of-summer getaway at a friend’s cabin on the lake. A peaceful, woodsy setting that was truly a slice of heaven. Pontoon rides and dips in the lake followed by playtime on the deck with campfire hotdogs and s’mores. Read more

Video Blog Episode 02: Embracing Your Uniqueness

 

In the second episode in our video blog series, Matthew Tilford discusses embracing the uniqueness of being in a wheelchair. It’s easy to look back at the life you had before acquiring a disability and think of all the things you took advantage of. But even after suffering a spinal cord injury, it’s best to stay positive and focus on what you can do!

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Video Blog Episode 01: Staying Active After a Spinal Cord Injury

Matthew Tilford discusses how he stays active post-SCI, and offers advice for how those that are newly injured can do the same.

Island of Misfit Toys

Falling in Love With My Misfitness

The Island of Misfit Toys seemed like the saddest place in the world to me as a kid. It was a place in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (the stop-animation cartoon) where toys that were broken or unwanted were sentenced to live out the rest of their days. Toy segregation. Not cool man. Read more

man sentenced to paralysis or pay a fine

How much would you pay not to be paralyzed?

My 30th anniversary of the accident that left me a paraplegic is coming up this April. On my anniversaries, I often ponder how life would have been if I had not taken that last drive of the night on my motorcycle. I do know this, the 30 years in a chair have been as full as anybody’s who is walking. I have no doubt that I finished college, played on championship sports teams, had a wonderful career that allowed me to travel to 30 plus countries and all of the states mostly because of being paralyzed. Sounds rosy? It is. You would think I would be hard pressed to give up all I’ve accomplished, but honestly, I would do it in a heartbeat. Why? Living in a wheelchair is not an easy life and the older you get, the harder it gets. Read more

Annette Hormozian

Podcast 96: Annette Hormozian

In podcast 96, Tiffiny is joined by Annette Hormozian, a wheelchair ballroom dancer from California who’s been dancing her entire life, both pre and post injury (she was injured 24 years ago when the car she was riding in went off a cliff). Annette grew up belly dancing and doing traditional Assyrian dance, but transitioned to ballroom dance a couple years ago. Read more