The Pros and Cons of a Continent Ostomy with SCI

This article is written mostly for people with spinal cord injuries and/or neurogenic bowel who are researching the BCIR or Koch Pouch as a way to manage their bowel program.

On March 30, 2018, I took control of my problem. The previous 8 or 9 years had been hell. And I decided to have major surgery to do something about it.

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My Secret for an Easily Packed and Organized Suitcase

If you have ever traveled, you’ve experienced it. Digging through a suitcase looking for that pair of pants you need right now. Inevitably, they’re on the very bottom and the contents of the suitcase become upended.

However, I’ve found a solution. I think I’m a bit late to the game, but I finally discovered packing cubes.

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Heartbreak after SCI: The Hard Truth with a Dose of Hope

A small, three by five inch journal sits in a drawer with other sentimental objects from my past. Blue fabric printed with small white sheep decorate its outside. On the inside cover is written:

Jenny Smith
Given by Barbara for B-day ’89
16 yrs. old

It is an unfinished journal. Life was interrupted by a spinal cord injury six months later. And although there are only five entries, it speaks volumes.

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Quadriplegics Answer Web’s Most-Searched Questions on Paralysis

Abby Marsh is a C-5 quadriplegic and has a great blog over at In The Waiting. She is a talented artist (seriously, check out her work and order a custom portrait) and all-around awesome person. When she asked if I’d like to do a video with her, I jump (figuratively) at the opportunity. I hope this video is as informative as it was fun to make.

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Conquering a Mountain in a Sit-Ski (Video)

Several years ago I got to go to Colorado. When I told my friend Kerry I was coming to Boulder to speak, she said, “We’ve got to go skiing, Jen!”

Somehow I knew that was coming. Kerry had tried to get me to go downhill skiing for years.

With a deep exhale I said, “I’ll give anything a try once.”

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