Monday, November 30, 2020

Tag: attitude

Eric LeGrand Reflects on Decade Teaching Others to Believe

Published: October 16, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Ten years after he suffered a spinal cord injury during a football game at MetLife Stadium that left him paralyzed, Eric LeGrand continues to serve as an inspiration at Rutgers, around the state and beyond.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the difference he has made is his number 52 prominently displayed atop SHI Stadium. Retired jersey numbers are rare in college football due to roster sizes that exceed their availability.

She broke her back mountain biking. Now she’s a Yale New Haven nurse.

Published: August 15, 2020 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

NEW HAVEN — Lindsey Runkel says there are no inappropriate questions to ask her.

There certainly are many questions to ask.

Like, how does a nurse, paralyzed from the chest down, do her job from a wheelchair? How does she stay so effervescently positive all the time? Why does she continue to go mountain biking after a crash in New Hampshire pinched her spinal cord, breaking two vertebrae?

Paralyzed Secret Service agent ready for first Boston Marathon

Published: April 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

When Don McGrail first met Garrett FitzGerald out of the Secret Service’s Boston office in September 2015, he noticed a focused, driven individual.

And though FitzGerald’s circumstances have dramatically changed since, that hasn’t changed.

An accident that left FitzGerald paralyzed in December 2015 changed him physically, but it hasn’t affected his determination. It’s pushed him through challenging times, through years of rehab at Journey Forward as he continues to try to improve, and it will no doubt carry him this Monday. That’s when he and McGrail will combine to be a dual team — FitzGerald in a wheelchair, and McGrail pushing him — as they run the Boston Marathon, a goal that’s been years in the making.

Beau Vernon became a quadriplegic at 23. He has since coached two country teams...

Published: April 11, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

As Beau Vernon scooped up the football one Saturday afternoon at Leongatha seven years ago, he was collected in the head by a Wonthaggi opponent. It wasn’t a big hit, he said, just “wrong angle and wrong time”. He could have added “wrong bloke”, but did not.

“I fell to the ground and knew straight away something was very wrong,” he said.

He could not move his arms or legs. Nor could he feel his limbs when trainers touched them. “That time laying on the ground was the scariest of my life,” he said. Thinking he had broken his neck, he warned teammates, including his younger brother Zak, not to touch him. Less than two hours later, he was in an induced coma in the Alfred hospital. His parents, then on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa, flew home in a miserable hurry.

‘I‘m here to inspire people‘: Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player relearns old skills

Published: February 27, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Ryan StraschnitzkiCALGARY — Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki is on his hands and knees trying a skill he hasn‘t had to practise for 18 years — how to crawl.

Straschnitzki, with the assistance of two physiotherapists, is being shown how to keep himself upright on his arms and how to move his legs forward, a few inches at a time.

How I fell in love with my wheelchair – Tim Rushby-Smith

Published: December 25, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Don’t ever call me ‘wheelchair bound’. My wheelchair doesn’t bind me – it liberates me!

The wheelchair represents many different things, depending on the beholder’s personal experience. Many is the time I have been acutely aware that my wheelchair makes me the living embodiment of that blue symbol that adorns bathrooms and parking spaces.

I hadn’t really given wheelchairs much thought myself, until 13 years ago when I fell from a tree and sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI), causing instant and permanent paraplegia.

Sam Schmidt’s paralysis gives him ability to inspire others

Published: September 12, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The stranger had tears in his eyes as he pushed through a crowd to reach Sam Schmidt in his wheelchair.

Schmidt was watching his team tune up a pair of engines, the roar was relentless and the man had to lean in close and shout in Schmidt’s ear to be heard. Thank you, the man said over and over, never expanding upon his gratitude. He tried to shake Schmidt’s hand, awkwardly just patted it, thanked him again and backed away.

Quadriplegic woman creates art by holding pencil between her wrists

Published: July 9, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – From the moment her pencil hits the paper, Kelcee Yazzie never loses a smile, as she draws the subjects of her art.

Football injury left Midlands player paralyzed. Now he’s finding new joy in the sport

Published: May 24, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:


Mark Mickens’ smile said it all.

Twenty years after paralyzing fall, Tasha Schuh’s life is an open book

Published: November 26, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Tasha Schuh is used to getting embarrassing questions about her sex life.

Schuh, paralyzed from the chest down since she fell through a stage trap door in 1997 during a rehearsal for her high school musical, said she understands why people are curious.

“You know, I live in a very small town,” said Schuh, 36, of Ellsworth, Wis. “People would stop me at the grocery store and were, like, ‘Um, how’s that going to work?’”

Schuh isn’t afraid to overshare when she answers.