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 are 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.