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What ‘The Greatest Showman’ Can Teach Us About Accepting Ourselves

Have you seen the movie The Greatest Showman? It’s the fictional story of Phineas T. Barnum. However, the stars of the show – and the ones with whom I resonate – are Lettie (the bearded woman), Anne (trapeze artists), Charles (the little person General Tom Thumb) and the other performers who are hired as “unique persons” for Barnum’s museum and show.

It’s these characters’ sense of feeling like an outcast – and eventually embracing their differences – that has had me watching/listening to the movie over and over again.

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From Foley to Freedom – My Experience with the Mitrofanoff Procedure

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.

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How I Do a Sliding Board Transfer as a C6-7 Quad

“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.

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Do Not Tell Me I’m Confined to a Wheelchair

I’d like to punch the person who first used the phrase “confined to a wheelchair.” Or at least roll over their foot with my power chair.

Earlier this week I got riled up after reading a great article about my friend. Unfortunately, the phrase “confined to a wheelchair” stuck out to me and left a bad taste in my mouth (as my grandma would say).

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How The Gift of Tendon Transfers Changed My Life

It had been 9 years since my spinal cord injury. I had just graduated with my master’s degree in counseling psychology. Although I was uncertain of my future career, I was sure of one thing: I was taking a year off to have a series of surgeries called tendon transfers.

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