Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Tenodesis splints – the clunky metal splints that help quadriplegics use their fingers. I remember when I was fitted for mine in 1993. It went up to my elbow and wrapped around my first two fingers and thumb; a smart little device that moved my three digits open and closed whenever I pulled up my wrist. Read more

Why Not Me Before You

Why Not Me Before You?

So I might be a little late to the game (which is par for course in true Katy fashion), but I have been dying to talk about this for a while now, so entertain me for a minute, listen to what I have to say, and please tell me what you think. I will keep it short, I promise; AND I will do my best to not include any spoilers.. but I can’t make any promises in the comments section. Consider that your disclaimer. Read more

Where in the World is Katy Blake?

Where in the World is Katy Blake?

Let me blow the cobwebs off of here and see if I can remember how to properly blog. It is hard to believe that in addition to writing just one single article for EasyStand, I only posted two real updates on my personal blog for the entire year of 2015. Heck, even my Help Katy back to rehab Facebook page has taken a backseat, along with my personal blog and the EasyStand articles. Beginning in January 2015, I have encountered many struggles and setbacks that have unfortunately taken precedence in my life over other obligations, such as writing or painting or anything that required making adult decisions. It was all just too much to handle that part of me just completely shut down. I was beyond overwhelmed by my life and the never-ending obstacles. Spinal cord injuries are exhausting: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Read more

Why We Transfer Out

Why We Transfer Out

I’ve done it at movie theaters, in restaurant booths, on park benches, onto couches at a party, definitely on a beach chair…wait? What do you think I was talking about here? Eh-hem…I’m referring to a certain transfer many people with spinal cord injuries do. It’s a thing and I’m here to talk about it. Read more

New Stay-Cool Tricks for SCI: 2016 Edition

New Stay-Cool Tricks for SCI: 2016 Edition

The heat is finally on again this year, and oh Lordy does it seem to be getting hotter every year I’ve been paralyzed. With icecaps melting and record highs already happening across the US, I couldn’t think of a better time for a brand new list of items to help you stay cool. Read more

Darlene's Beyond the Chair Story

Darlene’s Beyond the Chair Story

Darlene was a horse breeder and trainer before a horseback riding accident left her with a C-4 incomplete spinal cord injury. However, being paralyzed from the neck down has not stopped her from being independent. She uses a wheelchair that allows her to drive and adjust her chair with her mouth. She has been injured for five years now but is determined to stay active. Since her accident, she has been traveling over an hour multiple times per week to her therapy sessions at Beyond the Chair. Read more

Henderson's Beyond the Chair Story

Henderson’s Beyond the Chair Story

Henderson H. is a war veteran who was injured in a motor vehicular accident several decades ago. He is now a C5/C6 incomplete spinal cord quadriplegic who has a hard time sitting and standing in an upright position. Despite his limitations he remains very positive and is dedicated to leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Henderson also suffers from heterotopic ossification (HO) which requires him to increase weight bearing actions. Read more

Fried Ravioli

How I Cope on Those “OMG I’m Paralyzed” Days

Being paralyzed is no joke, it’s no living Hell either (contrary to popular belief). I have a pretty great life despite the whole quadriplegia thing. But I won’t lie – there are days when it gets really hard. Maybe it’ll be a flat wheelchair tire or a PCA not showing up that sets it off, but there are moments where I don’t think I can carry on one more day. It can get that bad. Read more

Dogs don't see wheelchairs

I Love Dogs, They Never See My Wheelchair

It gets tiring being judged for this wheelchair I’m hauling ass in. But when you’re in a society where being disabled is the minority, it’s bound to happen. Humans are more comfortable being around what’s “normal” (well most are this way). When you fail to fall into their “norm,” you make them uncomfortable, hence being judged. It’s an unfair gut reaction. Read more

Accident Anniversary Day

Anniversary Day


Throughout life you will learn
that sorrow will not remain.
You will see that it is
like a butterfly emerging
from its cocoon to make way
for greater things.
-Corrine DeWinter

When a caterpillar spins a chrysalis, does it know its life is going to change and that it’s going to turn into a beautiful butterfly? When a baby is born, does it know the path that it’s going to live and the life-changing moments that may occur? Change happens every day whether it is good or bad. People die, give birth, change jobs, graduate school, etc. Some changes are small while others are life-changing. Like an accident that changes you from an active teen to being paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Read more