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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

‘Paralyzed bride’ has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces

Published: December 28, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Rachelle Friedman Chapman – known by many as “the paralyzed bride” – is calling attention to the way people park in and around handicap-accessible spaces.

Chapman, who lives in Knightdale, shared a recent experience in a Facebook post Wednesday showing an SUV in a handicap space parked across the line, into the section designated for wheelchair access.

Chapman was unable to use the wheelchair ramp to her own SUV because the other vehicle was parked outside its boundary. Continue Reading »

Central Michigan University graduate student conducts research for spinal cord injuries

Published: December 3, 2017 | Category: News

Hartland graduate student Andrew Stewart has dedicated nearly five years of his life to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Stewart chose spinal cord injury research in 2009 after his brother was involved in an accident that damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed in a wheelchair.

“He had fallen from a third-story balcony onto a concrete slab,” Stewart said. “That’s what moved me to pursue a career in research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.” Continue Reading »

Disability doesn’t prevent rural Iowa County man from coaching dance team

Published: November 27, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

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. Continue Reading »

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 »