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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

Stand-Up Wheelchair Lets Chef with Disabilities Continue His Career

Published: October 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

In honor of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation shares the story of a man who was able to return to his career with the help of assistive technology.

Winter Haven, FL (PRWEB) October 10, 2017 Watching Othedus (Theo) Harvin at work in the kitchen at Sonny’s BBQ is like watching a graceful ballet. He moves from the grill to the refrigerator to the slicer and back again in one seamless motion. He pulls a lever to stand up so he can use the slicing machine or reach into the refrigerator, and he lowers the lever to sit down at the grill and get supplies. His movements are smooth and fluid as he maneuvers his wheelchair around the kitchen. Continue Reading »

Question Time with Jai (Spinal Cord Injury)

Published: October 5, 2017 | Category: Answers | Spinal Cord Injury:

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. Continue Reading »

Teen rescuer who become quadriplegic celebrates 50 years in a wheelchair

Published: September 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Half a century in a wheelchair – it’s not a milestone celebrated often, if at all.

But Peter Kuprijanow is not your average person.

Hailing from Killara, Mr Kuprijanow and his friends were the talk of the town in 1966 when they came to the rescue of a family whose car had crashed into the Kiewa River – one person tragically died, but an elderly couple and two children were saved.

A year later, the young man was again in everyone’s thoughts, after he broke his neck at that same spot. Continue Reading »

‘I never got to thank the stranger who saved my life’ – Coldplay fan left paralysed after diving into pool on family holiday

Published: September 23, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Rob O’Byrne was left in a wheelchair after he dived into the shallow end of a swimming pool

A Dublin man has described his “nightmare holiday” after he was left paralysed in a freak accident while in Spain with his family.

Rob O’Byrne (29) from Co Dublin was drinking by the pool with his family when he jumped into the shallow end of the pool. Continue Reading »

Life goes on after acquired disability

Published: September 12, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

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. Continue Reading »

Making art out of life’s struggles

Published: September 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

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. Continue Reading »

A Year Ago He Was Paralyzed From the Neck Down — Then This Happened

Published: August 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

You might feel a bit down if you watch the news. Who wouldn’t?

Angry people might be grabbing headlines and making you wonder about the future, but the antidote is all around you.

Talk to some of your neighbors. Chances are, no matter what they look like or where they’re originally from, you’ll find they’re actually pretty decent people — just like you.

The little improvements we all try to make may not register much, but the accumulation of them all eventually does. Continue Reading »

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

Published: August 3, 2017 | Category: News | 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.” Continue Reading »

A phone call helped inspire Will to seize the high ground

Published: August 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

SINCE a life-changing accident five years ago, wheelchair user Will Clark, from Grasmere, has become a charity volunteer, taken up sailing and ski-karting and addressed an international spinal injuries conference. Recently elected as a county councillor, he decided his next challenge would be to conquer Snowdon.

Latrigg, above Keswick, isn’t a particularly high or challenging Lake District fell but it became a symbol of what might be possible for Will Clark. Continue Reading »

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Joni’s Diving Accident

Published: July 30, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

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!  Continue Reading »