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

Being Empowered as a Person

Being Empowered as a Person

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Today I want to talk about empowerment and what it means to me. My mom and dad speak on how to create empowered children a lot, but personally I do not believe many people understand what it means. This is because I see a lot of children and adults with the mindset of a victim. To be a victim is a choice in your mind. You can be a victim of many things or you can make that choice to stand up for yourself and be a survivor. I chose to be a survivor in life. Read more

Dealing with Changes

Dealing With Changes

Dealing with a major life change is a hard thing for anyone to get through despite support. My family has been wonderful in supporting my husband as we walk into new ground. My children feel safe and secure even though they worry about daddy. Read more

Physical Boundaries

Physical Boundaries

When someone I do not trust pushes my wheelchair without asking, it creates a physical sense of intimacy that is not mutual. It’s not easy to communicate this, so I usually use this analogy: “If you wouldn’t pick up an [able-bodied] woman and hoist her over your shoulder out of the blue, you should probably ask before you push my wheelchair.” Some of these things take practice to learn, or there is an element of trust that needs to be established. For example, one incident that I remember vividly is, chasing after my nephew in my manual chair. Next thing I know, a man was behind me pushing my chair. I shrieked, being rather taken aback, and he appeared insulted. He was not aware that he just invaded my space. My wheelchair is an extension of myself. It is my freedom. It is also my personal space. For goodness sake, someone even commented on my chair and stated, “Wow, she looks a little beat up. It’s almost like you live in that thing…” 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

The Truth About CPS/DHS

The Truth About CPS/DHS

What is the purpose of CPS/DHS? Many people hear those letters and immediately think that their children are in danger of being taken away. I’d like to take the time to clear up misconceptions and set the record straight on what the exact role of this agency is in the community. 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