Taking a dance lesson took more courage than any other physical activity I’ve attempted. Yes, I row and play tennis and wheelchair rugby. I’ve tried adaptive rock climbing, sled hockey and downhill skiing. But dancing from my wheelchair has always been off-limits.Continue reading “The Courage to Dance (video)”
After a spinal cord injury we become educators. Advocates. It is a role that’s thrust upon us – whether we like it or not. Click on the picture below to read 6 ways I try to educate others about life with a disability.
There many ways to manage bladder care with a spinal cord injury or disability. Foley catheters, suprapubic catheters, and intermittent catheterization are options. There are pros and cons to each method. This is my story of how I decided to undergo a major surgery to be able to independently catheterize through a stoma.Continue reading “From Foley to Freedom – My Experience with the Mitrofanoff Procedure”
As someone who works for an international non-profit organization, I have the perk of traveling at times. I recently attended a conference in the Czech Republic. After the conference, a few friends and co-workers decided to spend a couple days in Prague. I hadn’t traveled to Central Europe before, so I didn’t know what to anticipate. As always when traveling on wheels, expect a few bumps in the road. And I mean that both literally and figuratively.Continue reading “Prague is Worth Every Bump in the Road”
Thirty years ago I was tumbling on the morning of July 11. My feet slipped on the wet grass and I sustained a C6-7 spinal cord injury. As others will tell you, many things in life are lost after a spinal cord injury. Independence. Plans for the future. Friendships and other significant relationships. What follows is the story of my best friend, Barbara. It reveals how a spinal cord injury affects the people in our lives.Continue reading “How my Spinal Cord Injury Affected my Best Friend”
Did you know that people with spinal cord injuries T6 and higher can’t sweat? Unfortunately, sweating helps regulate our body temperature. I easily overheat once the weather starts getting warm. Read what I do to try to beat the summer heat by clicking the BardCare article below.
Over the years I’ve fallen in love with Locust Grove. The Georgian-styled mansion was built around 1792 and is located on 55 acres of beautiful rolling hills. The house and land belonged to William and Lucy Clark Croghan. Its rich history includes throngs of well-known historical figures who were welcomed at the Croghan house.Continue reading “Locust Grove: The Perfect Place to Experience Louisville’s History”
One of the best things about my life is the friends I have met along the way. Emily Shryock is one of those amazing people. I met her when I fist started playing wheelchair rugby. In this BardCare article, I interviewed Emily to learn more about her experience with AcroYoga.
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The thought of traveling after a spinal cord injury can be daunting. One of the biggest questions is, “How will I get on an airplane?” Watch my BardCare video at the link below. And what do I pack? Read my suggestions in Wheelchair Must-Haves for Traveling.
When my iPhone 5s starting getting glitchy on me, I held out for over a year. I’m on a budget and had to stick to it. Plus I was determined not to get a new phone until Apple came out with a smaller model that was the size of the iPhone 5. With limited hand function, I wanted to make sure I could safely and easily hold the phone.Continue reading “Accessibility Features on the iPhone You Need to Know”