Thriving, Not Just Surviving a Spinal Cord Injury

“If only I knew then what I know now”.  So many of us have uttered those words in our lifetime, wishing that we had only known how to navigate through unexpected health events and circumstances that have knocked us for a loop.  When tragedy strikes we look to family and close friends for guidance and comfort.  But the harsh reality is that our family and friends are often ill-equipped to help, Continue reading

Transverse Myelitis Awareness Day

Exactly what does it take for California state legislators to recognize the toll that a rare disease such as Transverse Myelitis (TM) has on it’s constituents.   It takes a dedicated California resident; Sandy Rey, a woman who poured her soul into raising awareness for a condition that she herself lives with.

A TM diagnosis is life altering to say the least.  The challenges faced by those living with  TM can be compared to living life trapped on a perpetual rollercoaster where the tumultuous ups and downs never cease.  All while your family, friends and community are helplessly planted on the ground watching you scream your way through the ride.

Sandy knew that she had to do something to make a difference so she single handedly took on this seemingly impossible mission.   Continue reading

Quad Rugby & Waterskiing

On August 24th, 2008 Graeme, a 2002 UNH grad and newly wed in the beginnings of a new career, was involved in a car accident that left him a C-7 quadriplegic.  Graeme was shortly thereafter admitted to Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta to complete the rehab process and to learn how to live with a spinal cord injury.  In addition to learning how to adapt to life using a wheelchair for mobility, the Shepherd Center introduced Graeme to adaptive sports through their Therapeutic Recreation Department.

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