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.
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.
Netflix’s ‘Walk. Ride. Rodeo’ shares Amberley Snyder’s inspirational true story
First-in-human clinical study found improved motor and sensory function in three of four participants
Writing in the June 1 issue of Cell Stem Cell, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that a first-in-human phase I clinical trial in which neural stem cells were transplanted into participants with chronic spinal cord injuries produced measurable improvement in three of four subjects, with no serious adverse effects.
I broke my back in an accident, in 1996, which left me as a paraplegic wheelchair user. I went through a conventional rehabilitation process and after leaving hospital I spent four years striving to make the most of my damaged body through my own conscious effort. Then one day I came across Leonid Blyum and his work in Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation. Since then we have been slowly but surely rebuilding the damaged structure of my body and bringing this body of mine back to life.
As Robert Thompkins climbed to the top of Green Valley Falls in September 2005, he had no idea that in a few short moments he would never walk again.
He made the decision to jump off a cliff into the water below, never knowing how incredibly shallow it was. As he hit the rocks beneath the surface, he severed his spinal cord from the T12 to the L3 vertebrae. He was 25.
Such an accident can either destroy a person’s ability to see the beauty in life or reinforce it. The now 33-year-old Thompkins chose the latter.
I am a 50 year SCI ‘spinal cord injury’ survivor. I wrote this hoping it might encourage someone or help them get diagnosed.
Life is pretty much what we make of it, change is constant in a body and this world, but we can cope with those changes.
Stuff happens, we must cope with what comes our way. We just need a combination of faith, good doctors and medical technology, hard work and some luck.
Monica Kamal of McFarland and Tina McFadden of Cottage Grove are two of the brightest, cheerful and animated people you could ever want to meet. Their joy in living is obvious and contagious. When first meeting them, you might wonder just what fuels their enthusiasm for life and gives them their deep sense of happiness.
With substantial backgrounds in higher education and professional careers, you might conclude that their disciplined involvement in the world answers the question of how they came to be so content and full of life.
We Improve The Lives Of People With Spinal Cord Injuries!
What Amy Van Dyken-Rouen did in 2014 to flip her near-death tragedy into a much admired recovery – along with her breakout plans for 2015 to help others with spinal-cord injuries – far surpasses what she accomplished in winning six swimming gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
A cautioning inspirational quote—Expect Nothing. Be ready for anything.—might be wise words to live by, but with a spinal cord injury, nothing like it is even on your radar screen, and it’s virtually impossible to be ready for it. In our exclusive interview with speaker, writer, publisher, and businesswoman Dr. Rosemarie Rossetti, she describes how she struggled to sustain an active life, well-lived before her spinal cord injury, after a freak accident dramatically altered her future on June 13, 1998.