Allen Rucker is the author of many books, including a widely praised memoir about life after paralysis, "The Best Seat In The House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday And Was Paralyzed For Life." For more information, go to www.allenrucker.com.
Now don’t start throwing things. No one invites trauma into their life and no one but a wild-eyed terrorist or one of those sickos on Criminal Minds would wish it on any other human. Trauma is bad. Paralysis is bad. Losing a child is bad. But once traumatized, there are various ways to deal with […]
Montel Williams, speaking on-air to Ann-Marie Rucker about her recently paralyzed husband, me: “When something like this happens, that’s where the rubber hits the road … all the garbage you came to believe — for better, for worse, in sickness and in health — hits you upside the head like a brick. Why did you not run?” […]
LT is a difficult, sometimes fuzzy-edged scientific adventure, not a predictable task like learning to play Wii dodge ball with the kids. When I first dropped by the Next Step Fitness Center, situated in a nondescript mini-mall in the Los Angeles suburb of Lawndale, Janne Kouri had been walking, or more precisely, stepping, with a […]
Groucho Marx, on the reaction of a wife after her husband catches her in bed with another man: “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes?” If you are trying to make some sense of how people with disabilities are faring in American media these days, your lying eyes are about all […]
In HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David argues with a wheelchair user over occupying the accessible stall in the men’s room: Larry David: If you were here, I would’ve given you first dibs, but honestly, I haven’t seen a handicapped person in the bathroom, maybe, EVER! Wheelchair User: … A “handicapped person”!? That’s nice. Oh, […]