Monday, September 21, 2020

Tag: Books

Fertility following spinal cord injury

Published: September 3, 2020

Information for health professionals

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating neurological condition that can impact on every aspect of the injured person’s life, including their reproductive health and fertility.

SCI causes significant disruption to male fertility and reproductive health. Although female fertility is generally not as affected, women with SCI may still face challenges during pregnancy related to self-care and daily functioning, as well as labour and delivery.

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.

Be Thankful and Heal Faster: Author Describes Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Published: November 2, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Research projects at UCLA and elsewhere have proven that thankfulness (gratitude) has physical, in addition to emotional, effects on people. Shelly Kerchner, who just released her book Standing Tall: The Healing Power of Gratitude is an outstanding example.

Johnstown, PA (PRWEB)November 02, 2017 – Shelly fell and fractured some vertebrae in her neck. Totally paralyzed, she heard the doctors saying “What a pretty girl. What a shame she’ll never get out of bed again.” Unfortunately, this is the experience of most newly-injured people, many of whom, though helpless, are suicidal after hearing that prognosis.

Shelly was different. Going from depressed to determined, she told herself that paralysis was not going to keep her bedridden. She immediately gave thanks that she was still alive, and that she could hear and see.

Quadriplegic author: ‘I will be out of this chair one day’

Published: August 3, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The story he wanted to tell was several decades in the making, so it’s easy to see why David Rippy took two-and-a-half years to compose his memoir.

That it centered on the impact that a one-car crash which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down had on his life – both for good and for bad – makes that accomplishment amazing, though.

“I took two summers off to write. It’s hard to stay indoors and work when it’s nice out,” said Rippy of the process that brought about “Captain of My Soul: Mastering a Destiny Altered.”

The Adventures of Frank and Mustard

Published: May 3, 2017
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The Adventures of Frank and Mustard is a children’s book that was inspired by Simon Calcavecchia’s experiences of living with quadriplegia.

The reason we created this book is to express Simon’s life experiences in a creative way to both adults and children. The work inspires optimism and strength for life’s obstacles. We hope that in sharing these stories, children will see that they have the choice to see challenges as opportunities for growth. These books will emphasize the power to create love, joy and laughter in response to life’s events.

Quadriplegic Children’s Author Talks Stories, Setbacks and Success at Evergreen Elementary

Published: April 29, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Frank and Mustard Simon Calcavecchia, 34, of Olympia, visited Evergreen Elementary School April 7 to talk to students about his books, his music and his disability.

He is the author of a children’s book series called “The Adventures of Frank and Mustard” and has also recorded a collection of hip-hop songs about his characters.

Addressing a room full of first-graders, Calcavecchia started by saying, “I want to tell you what you’re all probably curious about, which is why I am using this wheelchair.”

BOOK: No Backing Down

Published: January 17, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Quadriplegic Refuses to Let Disability Hinder Happiness

John Thompson showcases the power of determination and self-belief in new book

OLYMPIA, WA (PRWEB) January 17, 2017 – John Thompson was only a boy when a car stuck him, leaving him a quadriplegic. Despite the paralysis of both arms and legs, Thompson used his personal setbacks as motivation to drive forward and create a fulfilling life for himself. He now looks to inspire others to do the same with his book “No Backing Down.”

BOOK: I’m Not Broken

Published: October 15, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:
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I’m Not Broken

Twenty-something Samantha McCormick wakes up in the hospital to learn she has a spinal cord injury from a car accident, and she’s paralyzed from the waist down. It doesn’t take her long to begin to master the new physical challenges in her life. But she’s haunted by the blurred lines between dreams and a fractured reality full of broken memories of the accident. Brian Haines is the physical therapist assigned to Sam to help her regain her independence and sense of self. He’s devoted to his task, but his commitment to working with Sam eventually transitions from dedication to something more personal. Sam is thrilled and flattered by the attention. Yet, all the while she can’t help but think she might be missing important memories and pieces of information, and she worries her new life is little more than a fragile house of cards.

Paraplegic dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book

Published: October 4, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

glen-and-elaina-3Paraplegic man who thought he would never be a dad turns his wheelchair adventures with his six-year-old daughter into a children’s book

A man who thought he’d never have kids has chronicled the adventures he and his daughter have in his wheelchair, to give hope to parents with disabilities.

When Glen Dick, 47, from Chalfont, Pennsylvania was paralysed after suffering a spinal cord injury in 1995, he thought his dreams of becoming a father were over.

But in 2010, five years after getting hitched to his wife Monica, 35, the delighted couple welcomed their first child Elaina.

BOOK: Air Travel for Wheelchair Users

Published: November 17, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users bookBook Description – Are you a wheelchair user and want to learn about the process of traveling by plane before you take off for the first time? Or perhaps you’re a frequent flier and would just like to learn how to make the process easier for future flights? If you have ever wished that there was a guide to accessible air travel, this is the book for you!

Air Travel for Wheelchair Users is the first book entirely devoted to alleviating any fears that wheelchair users may have when it comes to flying. The entire process, from how to prepare for your upcoming flight to what to do after you land at your destination, is covered in depth.