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SCI Life: February 2015

SCI Life: February 2015

Athlete Trish Downing quickly learned that SCI doesn’t touch the desire to be active and compete.

Eat Well, Live Well: Healthful Weight Gain

Eat Well, Live Well: Healthful Weight Gain

Although 60 percent of people with SCI are overweight, some struggle with being underweight and need healthy ways to add pounds.

Project Walk Diaries: Is That Below Injury Movement?

Project Walk Diaries: Is That Below Injury Movement?

When you do enough activity-based therapy, you hope something spectacular will happen — you’ll slowly see some below injury movement, or maybe regain some sensation. While doctors say this is rubbish, many people claim otherwise. I never expected much. When I first started attending Project Walk a few months ago, I definitely didn’t expect anything […]

4 Tips from “Disability Gym Workout”

4 Tips from “Disability Gym Workout”

There is a great new video showing how to get a good workout at any gym in any city regardless of your wheelchair or disability. The 16-minute-long video, “Disability Gym Workout” is produced by the Active Hands Company, maker of the grip-aids for quadriplegics, and it’s narrated by Rob Smith, a fellow wheelchair-user. Here are […]

Illustration by Mark Weber

Controlling Your Opioids So They Don’t Control You

How to address pain without getting addicted to painkillers.

Para/Medic: Options For Dealing With Hemorrhoids

Para/Medic: Options For Dealing With Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are extremely common in people with SCI, and the longer you have been injured, the more likely you are to get them.

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 […]

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.