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Anne Herman and her husband, Paul, try to look at positive aspects of age-related change. Initially troubled by the need for attendant care, Anne, C6-7, now welcomes it because it allows her to keep swimming.

Spinal Cord Injury and Aging

The oft-cited sentiment regarding aging states that getting old is not for sissies. Let’s add another: Inside every old person is a young one trying to figure out what the hell happened. For wheelers, aging is something of a juggling act, attempting to maintain and balance tolerable levels of health and function, along with a […]

Staying Positive: How to Survive Medical Complications

Staying Positive: How to Survive Medical Complications

When medical complications intrude, we feel an oppressive weight on our bodies and minds. The thought of having to spend time down in bed can drain our hope. But there are things we can do to stay positive.

Painting by Tony Noguiera

Overcoming Depression

Hang out at a rehab hospital for any amount of time and you’ll probably overhear some iteration of the following comments: “He’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair — of course he’s depressed! What do you expect? Who wouldn’t be depressed?” Conventional wisdom, which is widespread and dies hard, holds many misconceptions regarding the […]

Homemade Equipment

The minute we bump up against a new equipment-related problem, we usually pick up the phone or click on Google in search of some solution we can buy with plastic. But a better solution may lie between our ears, in the form of homemade and usually much cheaper equipment. Meet some pioneers who have relied […]

Bold Moves: Taking Big Risks to Reinvent Ourselves

Bold Moves: Taking Big Risks to Reinvent Ourselves

Tired of your job? Your town? Your life? Ever think of chucking it all, packing up and moving to more exciting environs — physically, psychologically, emotionally, professionally? Bold moves are often a response to restlessness or an inner need for a more satisfactory situation — less stress or a more challenging or purposeful job or life, or […]

Untethering the Invisible Knot

Untethering the Invisible Knot

It came on very slowly, first the stiffness, along with more spasticity, making different movements more difficult. I’m a “fake quad,” an incomplete C5-6 with enough muscle sparing and leg strength to stand and do some crutch walking, but the spasticity made both much more challenging. While in my wheelchair, my legs would shoot straight […]

Escaping the Nursing Home

Escaping the Nursing Home

People end up in nursing homes for a variety of reasons, the biggest four being they have nowhere else to go or can’t find accessible housing, they’re unable to secure reliable and affordable home health services, they are shipped to nursing homes to convalesce from surgery and never leave, or they lack the necessary family […]

Kmart versus the ADA Cops

Carrie Ann Lucas wasn’t looking to sue Kmart. She simply wanted to shop there but couldn’t do so without running into accessibility hassles such as blocked aisles, tightly spaced clothing racks, seldom opened accessible checkout aisles, inaccessible restrooms, fitting rooms and parking lots. Lucas, a chair user due to congenital myopathy, spent years going to […]

Bob & Lisa Heinle

The View from C3

Numerous studies tell us that severity of disability often has little to do with the way a person perceives his or her quality of life, and that people with severe and even near total levels of paralysis (such as C3 or higher quadriplegia) are often just as happy and satisfied with their lives as those […]

The Pain Falls Mainly on the Brain

The Pain Falls Mainly on the Brain

Pain comes in different guises, but however it shows up, it is always an unwelcome guest. “I had this distinct, weird pain in my groin and hip area,” Randy Snow recalls, “from my knees to my belly button, deep into the bones of the hip on one side. It was like an electric pain on […]