Tag: women with disabilities
A woman with a spinal cord injury who has been a wheelchair user her entire life, is sharing her joy with the world about getting pregnant.
These mothers wish to share their experiences with the world to increase awareness and to encourage the hearts of other women.
What is it like being pregnant and in a wheelchair? What is labor like when you can’t feel your legs? These mothers wish to share their experiences with the world to increase awareness and to encourage the hearts of other women.
The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (SCISG) Women’s Chapter vision is to provide a forum where members discuss female specific topics and share ideas to help those participating achieve a greater sense of self. Additionally, we make an effort to plan fun monthly activities of which all are welcome to participate as they desire.
It is important to find a physician who understands your unique situation. Many women with SCI report this being the hardest part.
Planning to have children is an important decision that most women will make at some point in their lives. The decision is not always easy and it becomes increasingly difficult for a woman living with a disability. Fortunately, with increased awareness and support, all women can have the family they desire. Women living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) may have some unique challenges, but that does not mean that they cannot become pregnant and deliver naturally.
Jenny and Abby answer some of the webs most asked questions for people living with paralysis (specifically quadriplegia)!
“To now be a part of this representation is really beautiful and overwhelming because I craved it so much when I was little.”
All eyes were on the stunning wedding dresses at New York Bridal Fashion Week, but there was one special moment that stole the show.
University of Houston hosts the nation’s first Women’s World Wheelchair Rugby Invitational Clinic
As Karah Behrend grabbed the rims of her wheelchair and thrusted her arms forward, she hurtled down the rugby court—zigzagging as a blur of bright purple hair through more than two dozen other women on wheels.
One quick look is all it takes to know with 100 percent certainty that Tatyana McFadden is really, really strong. Her arms are rippling with muscles—muscles that have not only propelled her to 17 Paralympics medals and 20 World Championships medals, but multiple first-place finishes in the Chicago, London, Boston, and New York marathons.
For the earliest years of McFadden’s life, those powerful arms—and her hands—were the only way she could walk.
When Debbie Soliz first got injured, she was told motherhood might never happen for her. Now, she dedicates her life to showing other women with spinal cord injuries that anything is possible.
“He learned I couldn’t pick him up,” Debbie Soliz says. “So we fixed it so my son Allan could climb on a chair and climb on my table.” She points to the table attached to her wheelchair, which Allan broke at age 8. “And he would say, ‘mom, this is my place. And I’m not going to stop sitting here until it breaks’.”
Now 64, a social worker in Davis, California for the past 25 years, Debbie is an expert on being a mother with a spinal cord injury, or SCI.
Jesi Stracham used to captivate biotech investors and inadvertently move markets with social media posts documenting her dogged quest to get out of her wheelchair and back onto her feet.
These days, the energetic 24-year-old North Carolina resident goes online to tell a different story. Many of her Facebook and Instagram posts show her competing in off-road vehicle races, an adaptive water skiing competition, and a pageant for women with disabilities.
“I really just want to show people that there is life to be had in the wheelchair,” Stracham said. “There is life to be had with wheels as legs.”