There are so many strong individuals I've encountered who are paralyzed. Being paralyzed definitely brings out the strength within you. There are certain people, however, that have have stood out from the rest. These are individuals whom I've met in-person, through my job as a writer or through various sites online that make you go, “Ok, I heart you. Wow!”
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.
Sitting for several hours a day is unhealthy for able-bodied individuals. Imagine how unhealthy it is for people in wheelchairs to be seated for 12 hours a day.
Than are always those epic love stories that inspire us, like Romeo and Juliet or Sonny and Cher. The love stories of people with spinal cord injuries can be especially heartwarming. While there are thousands of beautiful couples where one of the people in the relationship have a spinal cord injury, there are a few that have gone public with their lives.
No one ever said marriage was easy, but after a spinal cord injury things are definitely tested in this age-old partnership. Couples have been known to falter when a spinal cord injury occurs, but this is not always so.
One of the best methods of coping with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is reaching out to the larger community and sharing your story with others who have been in your proverbial shoes. Talking to someone who understands what you’re going through, lets you benefit from their experience.
In 2010, I was a sophomore playing for the Norwood High School varsity hockey team. I had been called up from the JV team in December. We had a game against Weymouth on Saturday, January 23rd. It was a late afternoon game so all of the boys were excited to do something after the game. The plan was to go in, do our job, get the win and all hang out after. When the game started, we realized that we were pretty outmatched.
“Two women and a dog named Milo hit the road, camera in hand, in search of answers to bring us closer to finding a cure for paralysis.” These are the words that Kelsey Peterson and Madeline Brown use to describe their project, The Cure Map, to inspire people to take action in support of curing paralysis.
David Hill is a huge Florida Gator football fan, a loving son, and an irrepressible optimist. He is also a survivor of a C4/C5 spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him a quadriplegic. Yet, despite losing the use of his arms and legs, he hasn’t given up. Every day, he maintains a routine to get as much exercise as he can with the help of both professional caretakers and his family.
The Bennifers and Brangelinas of the world pale in the adorableness of Team Buck, the nick name Lauren and Ryan Buck call themselves. And they really are a team, as the last nine years have melded them into a solid unit that can withstand anything, including paralysis and several failed attempts at In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
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