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Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress OKs Medical Marijuana

Congress made the largest shift in American drug policy in four decades last weekend when they voted to end the federal government’s war on medical marijuana. The change could benefit many people with disabilities who rely on the drug to relieve pain and numerous other conditions. “It’s very helpful to have Congress actually pass legislation […]

Embedded: A no-holds-barred report from inside a nursing home

Embedded: A no-holds-barred report from inside a nursing home

It happened so fast it stunned me. After one week in a hospital, I found myself in a nursing home. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. We think nursing homes are just for old people, but that’s not always true.

Dustin Shillcox has recovered some movement in his legs as a result of epidural stimulation.

The Big Idea: Does Recovery Trump Cure in Spinal Cord Injury?

The Reeve Foundation wants you to support epidural stimulation, which just might change your life.

Joanne Smith and Kylie James

Eat Well, Live Well: Weight Loss – More Is Less!

There is a healthy way to lose weight, reduce fat and maintain muscle without starving yourself.

When Discrimination Happens to You

When Discrimination Happens to You

We all know that discrimination exists in the real world, but when it happens to you, it’s like a hard slap in the face. Here’s what happened to me recently: For years I’ve had Botox bladder injections at my urologist’s office. It was easy, low-stress and cost-effective. But when I called the office a few […]

The Project Walk Diaries — Old Frustrations Arise

The Project Walk Diaries — Old Frustrations Arise

Since I’ve been paralyzed for such a long time, I sometimes wonder if I’ve forgotten how to move my legs and maybe that’s what my problem is. This is the kind of crazy stuff that people who are paralyzed for a long time will think about. “Maybe I just need to try a bit harder,” […]

Open Enrollment Begins for Affordable Care Act

Open Enrollment Begins for Affordable Care Act

The open enrollment period for health insurance starts Saturday, Nov. 15, and United Spinal is working with the White House to educate Americans with disabilities about the Affordable Care Act and to help get them enrolled. Since the Act went into effect last year over 7 million Americans have now enrolled in the healthcare marketplaces […]

The Project Walk Diaries — It Feels So Good

The Project Walk Diaries — It Feels So Good

This week I went for my second hands-on experience at Project Walk and my first official appointment. No more assessments, this was the real deal, a standard two hour appointment. After my assessment last week, they told me to check my skin to make sure I didn’t injure it in any way. Good thing they […]

Angela Hibbitt: "I Am More Than a Dollar Bill"

Angela Hibbitt: “I Am More Than a Dollar Bill”

Saying, “I am more than a dollar bill,” Tennessean Angela Hibbitt has launched an online petition drive called “I’ll die if I am warehoused in a nursing home” that currently has more than 54,500 signatures. Hibbitt, 54, now relies on 20 hours a day of nursing to manage her ventilator and health care needs, but […]

Bladder Management for Women

Bladder Management for Women

“Pee. Pee. PeePeePeePee. Pee. Pee. PeePeePeePee!” My husband and I waved our arms in the air, chanting the words as if we were performing a magical ritual. My daughter was almost 2, and the potty-training had begun. We would sit her on the toilet every few hours and begin our ceremonial dance, urging her to […]