Every seven or eight (or nine) years the process begins: It’s time for a new power chair. There are few decisions in life that affect me as much as what chair I use during the 15+ hours a day I am in it. Read this BardCare article for tips on how to choose the perfect power chair. Click on the photo below.
Finding clothes that fit well when seated can be challenging after a spinal cord injury. The good news is I’ve discovered quite a few things that work well for me (including The Most Awesome Dress Pants Ever Made). Read this BardCare article by clicking the photo below.
At the beginning of the year I decided I need to see more of Kentucky. I’ve lived in Louisville since I was 11 years old, but I haven’t seen the majority of the state. So when I found out I was going to go to and speak at Quality Life Association conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, I decided to make it an opportunity to see some sites along the way.Continue reading “Berea, Kentucky: A Beautiful Series of Unfortunate Events”
I had been debating whether I should get a home security system. But after a neighbor’s house was broken into, I decided I would rather be safe than sorry. Click on the photo below to read this BardCare article about how I chose a home security system.
Let’s be honest. Cooking with a disability takes quite a bit of time and effort. With my Quadly Cooking recipes, I offer Tips & Tricks to making healthy meals. But in addition to easy shortcuts, good cooking utensils, gadgets and appliances are necessary. So I have made a list of my favorite things in the kitchen.Continue reading “My Favorite Things in the Kitchen”
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”