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”
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is currently undertaking an Instagram campaign to combat the stigmas and misperceptions of what it means to live with a spinal cord injury and paralysis. I recently shared my story at their request. This is what I posted.Continue reading “What Do You See When You See Me?”
Ever since my injury I’ve worn front closure bras. As a quad with limited hand function, these were my go-to for ease and function. But fewer front close bras – without a racerback – are being made.
What’s a quadly girl to do?Continue reading “My New Favorite Bra is Made by True & Co.”
“How do you get in and out of bed?” It’s a common question children ask. And if kids are asking, I know adults are wondering! Below is a video demonstration of a sliding board transfer. It’s entirely balance, physics and strength. I have no function below my level of injury, so this transfer is done completely with my arms and shoulders.
In January I attended a conference for work. After dinner we were chatting and getting to know each other as we made our way back to the conference room. All the classic questions were asked: Where do you live? What organization are you with? What is your role?
And then it happened.Continue reading “The Uncomfortable Truth about Sexuality and Disability”