spinal cord injury
"I said, 'If I can stand, I can walk. And if I can walk, I can run.'"
By Karl Zelik I loved the “Thundercats” cartoon as a child, watching cat-like humanoids fighting the forces of evil. Whenever
"I’m not able to move my feet or ankles, but I can stand and walk and use my arms and upper body," the 25-year-old said. "Why not use that to its fullest potential?"
“There’s nothing that bothers me more than when someone’s like, ‘Oh my god, you inspire me.’ I’d rather have someone tell me, ‘I appreciate your hard work.’”
This style of work posture may be a luxury for many, but for me, I needed to create a lifestyle around it and mandate it as a solution of balance to my day of sitting in a car seat, an office chair, a coffee shop stool and my wheelchair.
asically, paying attention to thought and habit. When anxiety surfaces it's very easy to simply react, which only feeds the problem more and creates unhealthy patterns. Alternatively, if we use mindful thought and breathe to bring awareness to the situation we can begin to rid ourselves of the stress we feel in these moments.
As someone with a disability myself, and who also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, I've become an advocate for my children on so many fronts, including their education. After all, when it comes to disability and inclusion, despite good intentions, many schools don't even know what they don't know.
It has been more than 3 years since I've seen the trauma surgeon who saved my life -- not once, but twice. In the first few
Disability rights advocates around the world are protesting Me Before You, the latest Hollywood movie to end with the assisted
Jeannie Rutherford, triathlete, working mom and brand ambassador for Wings for Life photographed in her kitchen. © Ian Spanier