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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 it 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 […]

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,” […]

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Meds with Hydrocodone Now Harder to Obtain

As of Oct. 6, 2014, people prescribed painkillers containing hydrocodone must visit their doctor’s office to pick up a prescription for the medicine in person, since the drug has been reclassified as Schedule II. Previously it had been classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as a schedule III drug, meaning doctors could call the […]

Stop Sending Disabled Kids to "Special Land"

Stop Sending Disabled Kids to “Special Land”

Kids head back to school this week bursting with stories about their summer fun — swimming, hiking, biking, roasting marshmallows around the fire, telling ghost stories during camping trips. You have to wonder, though — do disabled kids have as many stories to tell or did they spend most of their summer indoors, in front […]

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Everyday Negotiating

Living successfully with a disability requires good negotiating skills. The key is to stay focused on your goal.

NM Turns 25: Home, 2007-2009

NM Turns 25: Home, 2007-2009

NM explores feeling at home in a changed body and mind, as well as the literal places we call home.

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Robin Williams, Depression and SCI

Robin Williams’ battle with depression was not news to those of us who are fans. Although mind boggling to some, most brilliant minds carry the traits of both extremes — exuberance and despair — Williams was no different. The criticism on his suicide has, however, left me saddened. How can we judge? We never know […]

From the ER to the OR With Weeks in Between

From the ER to the OR With Weeks in Between

A few weeks ago I wrote about a friend with osteogenesis imperfecta — or brittle bone disease — who went to the ER after breaking her arm at work. She’s had hundreds of fractures over the years, and this latest was a bone that had been broken and repaired surgically several years ago. She knows […]

The Body in Trouble

The Body in Trouble

Here is my troubled body, dreaming myself into life: a guttering candle in a mound of melted wax, or a bruised pear, ripe beyond palatability, ready for …