Monday, December 9, 2019

Tag: Fascinating Women

Model in wheelchair shares what it meant to be a part of New York...

Published: October 11, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

“To now be a part of this representation is really beautiful and overwhelming because I craved it so much when I was little.”

All eyes were on the stunning wedding dresses at New York Bridal Fashion Week, but there was one special moment that stole the show.

A sisterhood for partners of men with spinal cord injuries

Published: September 24, 2019

After Elena Pauly’s boyfriend sustained a spinal-cord injury in 2016, she turned to Google for guidance on how to navigate the challenges of her new role as both a romantic partner and caregiver.

Her search: “My boyfriend sustained a spinal cord injury. Now what?” didn’t turn up anything useful. It was a couple of weeks after her partner, Dan Duffy, was injured, and Pauly was feeling alone and isolated, with no one who understood the unique position she found herself in.

Women’s wheelchair rugby takes over Houston

Published: July 19, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

University of Houston hosts the nation’s first Women’s World Wheelchair Rugby Invitational Clinic

As Karah Behrend grabbed the rims of her wheelchair and thrusted her arms forward, she hurtled down the rugby court—zigzagging as a blur of bright purple hair through more than two dozen other women on wheels.

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.

Quadriplegic woman embraces future as mother after IVF treatment

Published: November 19, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

nicole-crawford-and-baby-1BABY Reagan stretches his hands as he lies on a pillow on his mother’s lap.

Nicole Crawford gently kisses his fingers, wondrous at the miracle that is his birth. She can only feel and touch him with her kisses.

She wishes she could hold her newborn baby in her arms, but as a quadriplegic she cannot.

Ever since she was a little girl, Ms Crawford dreamt of being a mum one day, but at age 18, a car accident robbed her of any chance of a ­normal life.

Bride-to-be perseveres to walk down aisle after spinal-cord injury

Published: August 22, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Alissa Boyle shows her wedding invitationJust like any other bride, Alissa Boyle finds herself immersed in

wedding plans leading up to her Sept. 7 exchange of vows with Nathan Grimes at Lisbon Trinity Friends Church.

And just like most brides, Boyle envisions walking down the aisle with her father, Jim, while her mother, Lori, and family and friends watch.

But Boyle’s preparation is unlike other brides. She spends hours in physical therapy and exercising at home to make that vision a reality. She was injured in an accident Feb. 20, 2012, that damaged her spinal cord. She and a friend had stopped to assist at a car accident but ended up being hurt themselves.

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