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Dating After a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 29, 2019

Don’t let your spinal cord injury tank your self-esteem.

Forty-seven people get a spinal cord injury every day in the U.S. That’s more than 17,500 new spinal cord injuries each year. But for each of these people, the accident that causes their injury changes their entire lives.

Being born disabled means you learn how to live with your impairment from a young age. Being disabled due to an injury brings many mental challenges with a new type of loss. You have to take everything you knew about living your life and thrown it out the window. You go from being able to walk around on your own and take care of yourself to entirely depending on someone else to take care of most of your basic needs.

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Published: June 29, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spc. Brent Garlic’s dream of joining the NBA came to an end after he was injured during a deployment when a fuel tank following his vehicle through a mountainous terrain lost control of its breaks on a steep hill and hit the rear of his truck.

Before his accident, Garlic was living out two dreams: serving in the Army and playing ball – the things he loved the most.

“I was on track to going to play (basketball) professionally before the accident,” Garlic, 40, said. “That’s why I was so mad when the accident happened, I lost two dreams at once,” he said.

Adaptive Video Game Controllers Help Disabled Vets Recover

Published: June 27, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Some VA medical centers have realized that helping vets get back in the game can also help with their recovery.

On a recent afternoon, 26 year-old Mike Monthervil sat in a small room filled with flatscreen TVs, virtual reality headsets, and squishy blue armchairs. He played the latest Need for Speed game on Xbox One.

He was visiting his recreation therapist Jamie Kaplan in his office at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.

Just Because I’m in a Wheelchair Doesn’t Mean Life Stops

Published: June 21, 2019

From giving motivational talks to making people laugh as a “sit-down comedian,” Jessie Chin shares why his paralysis can’t keep him from living his best life.

In the summer of 2012, Jessie Chin had just finished his freshman year of college and was looking for some summer fun. He and his friends decided to take a ferry from Staten Island to New York City for the day.

Woman Goes Adaptive Heliskiing in Valdez, Alaska

Published: June 20, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A disabled mum achieved her dream of heliskiing and the magical moment was captured in an amazing video.

‘It’s to show them what we can do, not what we can’t do’

Published: June 17, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Strength, skill and no-holds-barred hits: wheelchair hurling stars all set for international duty

The question was always coming, so obvious and predictable that they can see it sailing through the air long before it’s fired their way. Pat Carty and James McCarthy, the captain and vice-captain of the Irish wheelchair hurling team, know that before we talk sport, about the rich and varied abilities they’ve honed in recent years, there’ll be an inevitable query about their disabilities.

Comcast Launches Eye-Control For The Television

Published: June 17, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Xfinity X1 customers with physical disabilities can now use their eyes to change the channel, set a recording or search for a show.

Comcast today launched a feature that gives people with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) the ability to navigate their television using only their eyes.

Promising treatment for shoulder pain in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury

Published: June 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Researchers report initial results for a minimally invasive intervention for relief of chronic refractory shoulder pain in upper-limb dependent individuals with spinal cord injury

East Hanover, NJ. A New Jersey team of researchers has reported the successful, long-term relief of chronic refractory shoulder pain in a wheelchair user with spinal cord injury (SCI)

Ali Stroker Triumphs As The First Wheelchair User To Win A Tony Award

Published: June 10, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Ali Stroker took the stage by storm at the 73rd annual Tony Awards not just once, but twice. First, she brought the house down as Ado Annie from the modern revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” A short time later, she made history when she returned to the stage to collect her Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in Featured Role in a Musical. Stroker is the first Broadway performer who uses a wheelchair to earn a nomination and win a Tony.

This 17-Time Paralympics Champ Is Beyond Inspiring

Published: June 10, 2019

One quick look is all it takes to know with 100 percent certainty that Tatyana McFadden is really, really strong. Her arms are rippling with muscles—muscles that have not only propelled her to 17 Paralympics medals and 20 World Championships medals, but multiple first-place finishes in the Chicago, London, Boston, and New York marathons.

For the earliest years of McFadden’s life, those powerful arms—and her hands—were the only way she could walk.

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