BARNEVELD — Jeremy Amble always wanted to be a dairy farmer, but after a car accident on May 25, 1991, his goals quickly changed.
Amble suffered a spinal cord injury in that accident, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down except for limited use of his left arm. He has spent most of the ensuing 26½ years in a wheelchair.
But that hasn’t stopped Amble from making the most of his life. Two years after the accident, he married the woman who nursed him back to health in the hospital after his accident, and together they are the parents of two sets of twins. Despite his limited mobility, Jeremy publishes the weekly Barneveld Shopper from his home in rural Iowa County.
Eddy Lefrançois built his site to share information regarding my diagnosis with ALS, and raise awareness about this terrible disease — please read about Eddy’s journey with ALS since the early 90s. He has surpassed his three to five year sentence as of April 1997. Eddy may not control the fact that he has ALS, but he controls the actions to make people aware that ALS is a terrible disease to live with… anybody can develop it at any time; we have to make it a treatable disease, not terminal. Eddy is proud to be a member of the ALS Canada Ambassador Program. «Let’s Roll Out ALS»
Having a spinal cord injury changes some things forever, but you can still have a full and rewarding life. A saying among people who have a spinal cord injury is, “Before your injury, you could do 10,000 things. Now you can do 9,000. So are you going to worry about the 1,000 things you can’t do or focus on the 9,000 things you can do?”
After they adjust, many people with spinal cord injuries are able to work, drive, play sports, and have relationships and families. Your rehab team can provide the support, training, and resources to help you move toward new goals. It’s up to you to make the most of what they have to offer.
Jai’s life nearly ended after a dip in the ocean resulted in a high-level spinal injury. He explains how he’s carved out a great life for himself and why he has no use for pick-up lines.
Dr. Chris McCullough of the Morristown Medical Center uses a $20,000 dollar standing wheelchair enabling him to perform five to six surgeries a day.
ON A summer day in 1985, Bruce Stark got up, went to work and became a quadriplegic. Bruce, who is president of the Sunshine Coast’s first independent disability services organization, 121 Care, gives an insight into what it is like to face the challenge of living with an acquired disability.
I WAS working as a plumber at Dalby and fell through a galvanised iron roof.
I was 23 at the time.
When I first woke up in hospital, I was wondering what the hell was going on.
After becoming paralysed at the age of 22, Gilbert Tan thought his life was over. But perseverance and dedication saw him become a world-renowned artist who paints with the brush in his mouth.
SINGAPORE: Gilbert Tan was just 22 years old when a regular visit to a swimming pool ended life as he knew it.
He remembers what happened vividly. The year was 1983, and it was just five days before National Day. Then an architectural draftsman at Hitachi, he was with his colleagues at Delta Sports Complex in Redhill.
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.”
Recently I was at my desk writing to Tommy, a 17-year-old boy who just broke his neck body surfing off the Jersey shore. He’s now a quadriplegic. He will live the rest of his life in a wheelchair without use of his hands or legs. When it comes to life-altering injuries, quadriplegia is catastrophic.
Halfway through my letter describing several hurdles Tommy should expect in rehab, I stopped. I felt utterly overwhelmed, thinking of all that lies ahead for him. I’ve been there. And even though half a century has passed, I can still taste the anguish. Hot, silent tears began streaming, and I choked out a prayer, Oh God, how will Tommy do it? How will he ever make it? Have mercy; help him find you!
Langley’s Zosia Ettenberg says refuelling in wheelchair impossible without assistance
The simple act of filling a gas tank can be an insurmountable challenge for people who use a wheelchair.
That was the experience of Langley resident Zosia Ettenberg.
“It’s literally impossible for me to pump gas by myself,” Ettenberg told On the Coast host Tanya Fletcher.
“I have to park far enough away from the gas pump to get out, and then go around and have enough space for the wheelchair between the car and the pump,” Ettenberg said.