Each year Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosts the Bayada Regatta, an adaptive rowing – or para-rowing – event. Watch the video below for an introduction to para-rowing and to see video of me rowing at this year’s regatta. For more information on para-rowing, read this BardCare article.
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)”
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.
“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.
The E-Wand is a device that attaches to your mini-blinds. It allows you to open and close mini-blinds, as well Venecian and horizontal blinds, with the touch of a button. It’s officially on My Favorite Things list! No more living in a cave on sunny days or fumbling with difficult-to-turn wands! Watch my video below to see how they work.
Why do I take the time to wrap gifts each Christmas? It gives me time to be thankful for the gift of Dr. John C. Shaw, who gave me increased hand function and independence through tendon transfers after my spinal cord injury. (Video)
Click on the picture below to watch my video at Bard Care about wrapping presents and tendon transfers.
My story is in this video below, but that does not mean I’ve figured all this out. I still struggle. At times I despise the words endurance and perseverance. But I can look back and be grateful for the many opportunities I have had as a result of my injury. I have learned to “kiss the wave.”