Sunday, December 15, 2019

Tag: Motivational Speaker

Against the odds

Published: September 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Norton, paralyzed from football, tells crowd there is hope

While Chris Norton was being flown in a helicopter after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in football, he believed he was going to die.

“I was worried about my breathing,” Norton said Wednesday night to a crowd gathered in the Student Resource Center on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College.

Just Because I’m in a Wheelchair Doesn’t Mean Life Stops

Published: June 21, 2019

From giving motivational talks to making people laugh as a “sit-down comedian,” Jessie Chin shares why his paralysis can’t keep him from living his best life.

In the summer of 2012, Jessie Chin had just finished his freshman year of college and was looking for some summer fun. He and his friends decided to take a ferry from Staten Island to New York City for the day.

Woman Goes Adaptive Heliskiing in Valdez, Alaska

Published: June 20, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A disabled mum achieved her dream of heliskiing and the magical moment was captured in an amazing video.

Learning to breathe, learning to move forward, learning to survive: The Billy Keenan story

Published: July 31, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Billy KeenanQuadriplegic turned inspirational speaker: “When you’re faced with adversity, you have two basic choices. Curse the darkness or light a candle.”

Billy Keenan said he had it all.

“At that moment in time, I was living my best life,” he said. “My wife and children were happy and healthy. At 46, I was in the best shape of my life. I was a competitive triathlete and surfer for the last decade.”

Disabled TV Host’s Speech ‘Why Am I Still Alive’ Which Has Inspired Millions Despite...

Published: January 24, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

You might have come across her inspirational speech being shared online, in which she talked about how her husband jumped out of the car and saved himself while she survived with grave injuries in a horrific car accident.

The story she tells is compelling and moving, with over a 100 million viewers and counting as people all over the world responded to her inspiring message of overcoming the odds despite immense obstacles that life has dealt her.

Often referred to as Pakistan’s Iron Lady, Muniba Mazari’s amazing story about her journey back from massive spinal injuries that left her bedridden for two years is incredibly moving, so much so that she has found international acclaim as a TV host and United Nations goodwill ambassador.

Quadriplegic with ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ defies odds, still improving

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

Brian Keefer has always been an adrenaline junkie.

A 2008 gymnastics accident in which Keefer suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic could have stopped him, but it didn’t.

“Brian’s had some adventures since he’s had his injury,” his father said.

From scuba diving in the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, where “sharks swam right into my face,” to ziplining at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Keefer has had his share.

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.

After car crash, man with quadriplegia shares his story with students

Published: October 26, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

ABINGDON, Va. — Chris Skinner’s life changed forever on June 10, 2000.

It was a hot summer night, and Skinner was in the passenger side of a car, leaving a wedding reception and riding to another party just two miles down the road. Beers popped open as Skinner and his friends listened to “Crash Into Me” by the Dave Matthews Band. Skinner took his seat belt off to stick his head out the window.

On the very last turn before getting to the house, the driver was going 55 mph, even though there was a yellow caution sign that said 35 mph.

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.”

Why I Don’t Let Adversity Define My Life After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: April 23, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

I love lacing up my turquoise Nike running shoes each morning.

However, every time I leave my house, going for a jog is the furthest thing from my mind as the door closes behind me. In fact, I will go out of my way to avoid a set of stairs like it’s the plague. And if I get somewhere and the elevator is out of order, well let’s just say it can sour my mood quicker than a cold cup of coffee.

In spite of all this, I certainly don’t consider myself to be an individual in possession of an indolent nature. Actually, I’m more productive than most people I know. I just don’t use my feet right now.

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