Sunday, July 5, 2020

Tag: Personal Story

Meet the woman behind charity fighting to find a cure for spinal cord injuries

Published: January 7, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

The Herald speaks with Kiwis who have been on the edge of death, had their world tipped upside down, overcome their darkest moments and are now paying it forward.

Cycling to the base of Mt Everest, completing the New York Marathon and raising more than $10 million for Spinal Cord Injury research – all in a wheel chair – is only the start of Catriona Williams’ story.

Out of tragedy, a man finds his true calling

Published: December 27, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Antonio Davis said his life was headed in the wrong direction when he was shot at close range and nearly killed 24 years ago. What he didn’t know was that his life was about to take an extraordinary turn with purpose. Though paralyzed from the chest down, he became an accomplished painter.

“I’m just creating. I’m just freeing my mind and what comes out is my true emotions,” Davis told CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan. “It’s a passion. It’s an obsession. I love it that much. And I hope it shows in the work.”

How I fell in love with my wheelchair – Tim Rushby-Smith

Published: December 25, 2018 | 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.

How a diving accident led Clark’s Botanicals creator to a renewed sense of purpose

Published: November 26, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Francesco Clark The story behind the popular Clark’s Botanicals skincare line is one of resilience and survival. Entrepreneur Francesco Clark started the beauty line as a kitchen sink operation, and now it’s used by stars like Madonna, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. But six years before he created the celebrated brand, Clark survived a devastating accident that changed the course of his life forever.

“Thirty seconds before, I was very proud and I felt accomplished. Thirty seconds after, I felt like the biggest failure in the world,” Clark told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King.

At only 24 years old, Francesco Clark’s life changed in an instant.

Views through the eyes and mind of artist Dale Tabor

Published: November 3, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

After suffering a near-fatal accident that left him a quadriplegic, Dale Tabor found encouragement in his love for and commitment to artistic expression. He has painted hundreds of thousands of pictures on canvas and various other backdrops by mouth painting.

Fifty years ago, Pyatt native Dale Tabor dreamed the dreams of most ambitious young men, of traveling the world, having a measure of fame, and being admired for his abilities and talents. Though his life turned out very different from the way the starry-eyed 20-year-old imagined, 50 years later, he reflects that he has lived out most of those dreams.

Quadriplegic painter finds talent amid tragedy

Published: October 31, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

When Brenton Swartz was just 15-years-old a stray bullet struck his neck and robbed him of his ability to walk, and use his hands forever. From the pain and tragedy, Swartz found a hidden talent and a new reason to live. He began painting.

Swartz was hit in the neck by a stray bullet when a gun his brother was playing with accidentally went off. He then spent eight months in a hospital and was told he would never walk again. Just two months before this incident, his mother had passed away.

MossRehab: Managing Autonomic Dysreflexia After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 19, 2018

People with spinal cord injures at or above T6 may be at risk for a condition called autonomic dysreflexia that can result in a dangerous spike in blood pressure.

Rachelle Chapman, quadriplegic mother shares journey, answers tough questions in her new blog

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

Rachelle ChapmanIt’s been eight years since the night of Rachelle Chapman’s Bachelorette party where a playful push into a pool left her quadriplegic.

Since then, Rachelle became a wife, starred in a TLC television show, joined a quadriplegic rugby team and became a mother.

“I literally don’t know what I did before I was a mom,” Chapman confessed. “She’s so entertaining.”

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.”

Quadriplegic woman creates art by holding pencil between her wrists

Published: July 9, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – From the moment her pencil hits the paper, Kelcee Yazzie never loses a smile, as she draws the subjects of her art.