Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tag: Personal Story

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.

LIVING THE DREAM How I became a wheelchair tennis star after I was paralysed...

Published: June 9, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

LAUREN Jones, 23, is a wheelchair tennis player from Worthing.

Lauren, who was number 25 in the world, tells how she made her sport dreams come true and is now living a life she loves, despite her disability.

Experimental Spinal Cord Treatment Helps Texas Man Regain Some Motion After Paralyzing Accident

Published: May 30, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Kent Stephenson is on a treadmill, working to put one foot in front of the other as a team of trainers helps guide his legs. There’s a harness holding him upright, but Stephenson is, in a sense, walking again — 10 years after a motocross accident left him paralyzed.

“Going off the face of a jump, my motor locked up and I tried to jump away from the bike. It didn’t work for me, I landed and cartwheeled, somersaults and everything,” Stephenson says. “I pretty much knew instantly that I couldn’t move my legs.”

How UofL spinal cord study is helping one man make strides back to full...

Published: May 16, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The program was home to someone who went from full traumatic spinal injury, to being able to walk again

Quadriplegic mother over comes the odds; reaches goals

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

BENTON, Ark.-A Benton mother not letting an injury stop her from reaching her goals.

Jen Goodwin suffered a spinal cord injury from a boating accident 11 years ago.

She has her dream job and enjoying life with her son Beckham!

Off the cuff: How I fell in love with my wheelchair

Published: May 11, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Don’t ever call me ‘wheelchair bound’. My wheelchair doesn’t bind me — it liberates me

The wheelchair represents many different things, depending on the beholder’s personal experience. Many is the time I have been acutely aware that my wheelchair makes me the living embodiment of that blue symbol that adorns bathrooms and parking spaces.

I hadn’t really given wheelchairs much thought myself, until 13 years ago when I fell from a tree and sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI), causing instant and permanent paraplegia.

Australian scientist working on cure for spinal cord injury

Published: April 18, 2019


Professor Bryce Vissel from the University of Technology Sydney wants “no less than a cure” for spinal cord injury patients.

Paralympian Mackenzie Soldan Is Making History in Wheelchair Tennis

Published: April 17, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

The 26-year-old is the first wheelchair player to train full-time at the USTA National Campus.

After winning Paralympic Gold at the 2016 Rio Games, Mackenzie Soldan considered the elite athlete chapter in her life to be officially closed. The then-24-year-old had finally attained her girlhood dream—winning women’s wheelchair basketball at the highest level in the world—and figured it was time to start building a more long-term professional career.

Ashlee can’t move her legs but she’s a certified scuba diver

Published: April 16, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ashlee Florrimell is a self-proclaimed “water baby” so, despite being a paraplegic, it was a natural progression to start scuba diving and “exploring the bottom of the ocean”.

Ms Florrimell, 31, undertook a ground-breaking scuba diving course for people with spinal cord injury on Sydney’s northern beaches last week and has become a certified diver.

Childhood Friends, Paralyzed at Different Times, Turn to Fitness and Each Other For Support

Published: April 8, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A twist of fate brought these friends closer than they had ever been.

CJ Bellamy, 29, and David Kellam, 30, were both paralyzed in separate incidents years apart, but now the childhood friends have banded together as workout partners and encourage each other daily.

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