Rest: Practicing What I Preach about Self-Care
For months I’ve been going. Going. Going. I was exhausted. I knew I needed a rest. Not just sleep (which I was getting), but a
Peer Mentors: The Power of Roll Models in Life with a Spinal Cord Injury
Throughout decades with a spinal cord injury, peer mentors have taught me the “tricks of the trade” of transfers, bladder and bowel care, dressing, the
How Do I Celebrate the Anniversary of my Spinal Cord Injury?
How do I celebrate the anniversary of my spinal cord injury? It’s a question I hear over and over. I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all
Simone Biles, a Pressure Cooker, and One Thing I’m Sure Of
A high-pressure environment can be difficult for anyone to manage. Add in an internal burden for perfection you place on yourself to millions of people
To Moms of Children with Spinal Cord Injuries
On my birthday several years ago, my thoughts turned to my mom. I realized at 45, my mom was three years into having a 19-year-old
How I Lost and Found My Identity
According to Merriam-Webster, identity is defined as “who someone is; the distinguishing character or personality of an individual.” Is it possible to lose your identity? I
What Can I Do When I’m Confined?
Whether a person is confined due to COVID restrictions or trying to heal a pressure sore while in bed, I often read, “What can I
An Unexpected Visit from Grief after Spinal Cord Injury
Grief was the last thing on my mind. It had simply been a long day. Physically, emotionally, and mentally I was drained. Life with a
A Timely and Short Discourse on Grief
I’m not one to get weepy very often, but between the death of my aunt and two men from my circle of friends with spinal
The Surprise I Felt When I Experienced Ableism Firsthand
Over the past few years I have heard a new-to-me word used by people in the disability community: ableism. Another –ism? I understand racism. And
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