Osteoporosis and bone health is a common concern for able-bodied individuals. Osteoporosis becomes a major concern after a spinal cord injury (SCI).
When I sustained a debilitating spinal cord injury (SCI) more than 24 years ago, I was at a loss. There was no internet, and little to no positive media existed (books, movies or otherwise) to make me believe that a chance at a decent life was in my future. It wasn’t until I encountered peer support that I finally broke through my fog of sadness. Psychologists, pep talks from friends and family . . . nothing helped until I received peer support from people who understood what I was feeling.
This week, Mason Ellis stresses the fact that all spinal cord injuries are different. Sometimes, it is easy for doctors to get into a routine and may recommend similiar practices to help with your injury and recovery.
Mason Ellis is back with another video for other spinal cord injury survivors and their loved ones. This time, he wants to introduce everyone to a very special resource that he wishes he had found sooner after his own spinal cord injury: the Spinal Cord Peer Support USA group on Facebook!
Suicide. While a few people with paralysis claim to have never considered it, most people who've had a spinal cord injury, if they’re being honest with themselves, have. And it's no wonder. Transitioning into a body that’s paralyzed is one of the most difficult things in the world to do. And society’s misconceptions, like the film Me Before You, surely don’t help.
Mason Ellis is back with another video blog about the importance of support from family, friends, caregivers, and your community when recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI).
After a spinal cord injury, patients often wind up having to reassess many aspects of their lives. Tasks that once seemed simple may become infinitely more challenging as a result of your condition, and new approaches need to be considered to help you readjust to life after the accident. Modern technology has been one of the most instrumental in helping individuals overcome paralysis to live more ordinary lives, from the innovative use of virtual reality to a robotic exoskeleton.
As much as friends and family may try to relate, the aftermath of a spinal cord injury is something that only those who are living through can truly understand. Yet, following the emergence of such a severe medical condition, you may find yourself craving some way of seeing your struggle reflected back to you. There’s a real sense of community among those who have grappled with spinal cord injuries, and thankfully, many patients who are currently facing the very same questions that you are now have opened their hearts and fired up their computers to document their journeys.
For patients suffering from paralysis, hope may often seem dim, but for children facing some form of paralysis, the physical and emotional toll of the condition can weigh even heavier. No matter the cause of the resulting trauma, paralysis in children requires special attention and care to keep these young patients firmly on the road toward recovery.
Most families and individuals have been fortunate enough to never have personally encountered a spinal cord injury (SCI), but for the thousands affected each year, an SCI is among the most devastating life events one can experience. Life is often never the same again after such an incident. So it falls to a patient’s family and friends to offer support and help him or her remain steadily on the difficult road to recovery and rehabilitation.
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