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Coping with SCI: How to Talk to Other Survivors
Mason Ellis
The Best Spinal Cord Peer Support Group
Mason Ellis
The Cure Map
Kelsey Peterson and Madeline Brown
AT&T #SpreadTheCheer – “I Am His Hands”
JD
Autonomic Dysreflexia - What Medical Professionals Won't Tell Us, Because They Don't Know!
Jessika Kattah
10 Tips for Coping with a Spinal Cord Injury
Mason Ellis
10 Ways You Can Help Someone with a Spinal Cord Injury
Mason Ellis
5 Essential Daily Routines for Spinal Cord Injuries
Mason Ellis
21 Helpful Home Modifications for Spinal Cord Injury Survivors
Mason Ellis
The Importance of Your Support System After a Spinal Cord Injury
Mason Ellis

Stories Of Hope

Matt Brown
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
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 ...
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. 

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Kelsey Peterson
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
Kelsey Peterson and Madeline Brown were friends before they were documentarians and spinal cord injury (SCI) activists. As noted in a KBJR6 ...
Kelsey Peterson and Madeline Brown were friends before they were documentarians and spinal cord injury (SCI) activists. As noted in a KBJR6 article about the two, they “have been spending their summers on Madeline Island for years." However, on July 4, 2012, Kelsey’s life was forever changed. As she told KBJR6, “I was partying and out really late and I went out to Long Island with some friends on their boat, and in an altered state of mind, forgot where I was and I dove into three feet of water.” It was ...

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Ryan Buck
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
The Bennifers and Brangelinas of the world pale in the adorableness of Team Buck, the nick name Lauren and Ryan Buck call themselves. And ...
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). When Lauren and Ryan first met in 2005, Ryan was able-bodied. "We met at the local watering hole," says Lauren. The two are from Goodhue, Minnesota.

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Codi Darnell
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
Most couples who have gone through a SCI, as well as psychologists, often agree — if the couple was ironclad beforehand, then they have a ...
Most couples who have gone through a SCI, as well as psychologists, often agree — if the couple was ironclad beforehand, then they have a stronger chance at making it through. Codi Darnell, a T11 para and the voice behind HelpCodiHeal.com, is a living example of this. Codi and her husband Ian have been together since they were in-love teens. They met in high school and live in Vancouver, British Columbia. "We met and started dating in high school 15 years ago and we were married June 17, 2006.

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Todd Krieg
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
Ever since he was a little kid, Todd loved to ride motocross. As he said during the interview, “I turned professional in the summer of ...
Ever since he was a little kid, Todd loved to ride motocross. As he said during the interview, “I turned professional in the summer of 2012, but I’d been riding since I was, like, 6 years old.” Todd was actively racing all throughout high school, but held off on riding professionally until he graduated at the request of his parents. In 2012, he turned pro and spent a year getting to know the ropes and making connections. In 2013, he was hired onto a race team for the first time. In 2014, he signed on ...

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Amanda Perla
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
About 10 years ago, I had just turned 18, I had been dancing competitively for 11 years and was a month away from graduating high school ...
About 10 years ago, I had just turned 18, I had been dancing competitively for 11 years and was a month away from graduating high school when in a split second my life changed forever. On April 21, 2007 I was a passenger in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the chest down. I broke my neck and almost completely severed my spinal cord. I am now a C6 Incomplete Quadriplegic. So instead of walking at graduation and spending the summer with my friends, excited about the future, I spent the next 6 ...

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Kristen Sachs
Spousal Caregiver
Keeping the scales of life in balance is a tough chore for anyone. I am a spousal caregiver for my husband who is a ventilator-dependent ...
Keeping the scales of life in balance is a tough chore for anyone. I am a spousal caregiver for my husband who is a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury. His medical needs are complex, and meeting those needs on a daily basis requires an enormous amount of my time and energy. My husband and I are parents to our young daughter, and as I am the able-bodied parent, the hands-on parenting duties fall to me.

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David Hill
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
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 ...
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.

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Mason Ellis
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
Mason Ellis shares videos and articles with the Spinal Cord Injury Community based on his experiences living as a complete C5, C6, C7 ...
Mason Ellis shares videos and articles with the Spinal Cord Injury Community based on his experiences living as a complete C5, C6, C7 quadriplegic survivor. Mason was injured on January 19, 2015 in an automobile accident which also caused a traumatic brain injury. Since recovering, his goal has been to help other survivors with his videos and raise awareness among the able-bodied population.

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Dana Guest
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
June 17, 2000, started out like any other normal Saturday. It was the beginning of summer break, between her junior and senior years of ...
June 17, 2000, started out like any other normal Saturday. It was the beginning of summer break, between her junior and senior years of high school, and Dana was meeting her mom to get pictures taken for their theme park season passes. Dana was waiting at a red light behind five other cars when she took a quick glance into her rearview mirror. She had no way of knowing that what she saw was about to change the rest of her life.

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Joseph Groh
Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
Joseph Groh, a spinal cord injury survivor with a dogged commitment to helping others, never thought he would transition from the two ...
Joseph Groh, a spinal cord injury survivor with a dogged commitment to helping others, never thought he would transition from the two wheels of his bike to the four years of his wheelchair. Where many spinal cord injury survivors might see nothing but hopelessness and frustration, Joe has always treated his life-changing injury as just another new life path. The Joseph Groh Foundation, which Joe and his wife started just a few short months after Joe broke his neck, instructs catastrophic injury survivors ...

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Coping & Support

Support Groups & Programs

Support Groups & Programs

Discover some wonderful support groups and programs that can help survivors of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries get their lives back on track. From providing peer support to promoting awareness, these organizations help survivors and their loved ones every day.

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Relationships & Dating

Relationships & Dating

Having a spinal cord or brain injury doesn't have to mean the end of your love life. There are many others who have found and maintained long-lasting, loving relationships after SCI or TBI changed their lives. You can find their stories and advice by clicking "Learn More."

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Local & National Advocacy Groups

Local & National Advocacy Groups

There are numerous advocacy groups that are promoting research into spinal cord and traumatic brain injury treatments that could help millions of injury survivors. You can learn more about these groups and what they stand for by clicking "Learn More" on the button below.

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Family & Friends

Family & Friends

If a friend or family member of yours has suffered a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, it's only natural to have questions about what you should do. Learn how you can be there for your loved ones and help them out on the road to recovery as they (and you) adjust to life after SCI or TBI.

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Swope, Rodante P.A.

Scholarship for Philanthropic Efforts

Every year Swope, Rodante, P.A. grants two $2,500 scholarships to help reward those students who help others.

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Award for Service to the

Catastrophic Injury Community

Twice a year, Swope, Rodante P.A awards anyone who goes above and beyond to help victims of catastrophic events.

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