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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.

Everyday Advocacy: More Rehab Needed

Everyday Advocacy: More Rehab Needed

During the past few years, the length of hospitalization after disabling injuries or other serious problems like a stroke has been getting steadily shorter.

Joanne Smith and Kylie James

Eat Well, Live Well: Pressure Sore Rx: Prevention!

Pressure sores are more than just a pain in the ass — or any other boney prominence. These severe skin breakdowns can significantly hinder our quality of life and in some cases be life-threatening.

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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 […]

Aging With SCI: Good News, Bad News

Aging With SCI: Good News, Bad News

Living longer means we face the typical trials of aging on top of chronic disability issues.

Para/Medic: Using Antibiotics Responsibly

Para/Medic: Using Antibiotics Responsibly

Taking antibiotics every time you are feeling run down is akin to playing Russian Roulette.

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?

Do you know what you’d do if your life was threatened by a disaster? Though the headlines rarely report it, too many people with disabilities died during the blockbuster storms Katrina, Sandy and Irene. We may never know how many died, were injured or left homeless by the tornadoes that recently ripped through the middle […]

Poor Seating May Cause Quad Gut

Poor Seating May Cause Quad Gut

When most of us become quadriplegics, we eventually see one thing happen — our paralyzed muscles begin to deteriorate, and that includes the muscles in our abdomen. This is when the “quad gut” rears its ugly head — one of the most unattractive aspects of having a cervical spine injury. What our bodies are doing […]

Rifton-TRAM

The Rifton TRAM

The days where standing frames were a paralyzed person’s only option for getting vertical are long gone. You can’t turn on the television or surf the net nowadays without seeing someone using or hyping an exoskeleton or taking part in standing gait training. But what if there was something in-between, something that combined elements of […]