Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tag: Miss Wheelchair

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.

Miss Wheelchair World beauty pageant breaks down barriers for disabled women

Published: October 8, 2017

A Polish organization had held the first international edition of a beauty pageant for women in wheelchairs in an effort to change people’s perceptions about people with disabilities.

It was a 16-foot fall, 16 years ago. She has soared much further.

Published: April 19, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

jmp tasha0036ELLSWORTH, Wis. — When someone told her to move out of the way during a scene change for “The Wizard of Oz,” Tasha Schuh took one step back.

Schuh, a junior in high school at the time, fell 16 feet through a trap door in the stage of the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing, Minn. She landed on her head on the concrete floor, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord and fracturing her skull.

Doctors told her she would never walk — or sing — again. That was 16 years, five months and nine days ago.

But Schuh, who is paralyzed from the chest down, says she wouldn’t change a thing.