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 Kim Harrison: I’m More Active Now with Transverse Myelitis and My Wheelchair


Editor’s Note: Kim Harrison from Douglasville, Georgia, was the third place winner in 2015’s Get Out, Enjoy Life photo contest and exemplifies what the Get Out, Enjoy Life program encourages all of us to do! As part of her prize, Kim won a Bellyak kayak for wheelchair users. We’re sharing her story now to encourage you to look forward to our 2016 GOEL event coming up this June with SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine.  Below, Kim shares her outlook on life with Transverse Myelitis.

I’m a regular reader of the Wheel:Life Facebook page. The articles on this page are very helpful and very useful. I appreciate that they also include information for caregivers, because people who ride wheelchairs are not the only people impacted by disabilities.

Kim and her Bellyak standing up

Kim and her new Bellyak kayak

My prize from the contest was a Bellyak . But the picture that won me the Bellyak was a picture of me at the Shepherd Center’s Adventure Skills Workshop.

In that picture, I was holding up the target that I had hit 19 out of 20 times, and I never had shot a rifle before that day in my life.

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Kim Evaluates Her New Bellyak

We went to Panama City Beach in the fall of 2015 with a group of eight people, and for seven days straight, my Bellyak was constantly in the water. I use a beach mobility wheelchair to get into the water, transfer to the Bellyak, paddle out past the surf, catch a wave and surf in to the shore. Then I turn around on the board, paddle back out past the breakers and surf in again on the Bellyak. When I wasn’t using the Bellyak, some of my friends who were able-bodied used it.

I wasn’t a surfer prior to winning the Bellyak and only had surfed one time in Jacksonville, Florida, with an organization called Life Rolls On. An ex-professional surfer, Jesse Billauer, who had a spinal cord injury, started the organization. He won the World Championship for Adaptive Surfing.

I was excited to go to Panama City and try out the Bellyak. First of all, I was surprised at how comfortable it was, and I also discovered that it was very difficult to turn the Bellyak over. In a controlled environment with spotters, I tried as hard as I could to turn it over, but I couldn’t. That fact made me feel really comfortable in it.

Another thing I liked about the Bellyak was when I was laying on my stomach, my body fit down into the Bellyak. A surf board would be flat and cause my back to hurt if I stayed on it for very long. I also appreciated the webbed gloves that came with the Bellyak that enabled me to paddle out past the beakers faster and easier than I could using my hands only with no gloves.

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But Panama City wasn’t my first experience with the Bellyak. The week after I won the Bellyak, we took it to Allatoona Lake, just outside of Atlanta. I put it in the water and paddled around in a no-wake zone. I haven’t tried it out in a river, and I haven’t run white water with it. I don’t know that I’ll try that. I do plan to paddle around in a river with it soon though.

At first, I was a little concerned that the Bellyak would tip over when I tried to crawl up on it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how stable and comfortable it was. I could paddle around in the lake, and I could paddle out past the surf without having anyone help me.

On our trip to Panama City, I was really impressed that many of the hotels and motels on the beach had chairs there that resembled lawn chairs with huge rubber tires. I used a beach wheelchair like that to get out into the water and get on my Bellyak. When I go to a lake, I take my own wheelchair down a boat ramp and transfer from my wheelchair onto the Bellyak.

Kim Woke Up With Transverse Myelitis

I have a non-traumatic spinal cord injury called transverse myelitis. On October 6, 2004, I was on a business trip to Dallas, Texas. I woke up one morning at 7:00 am, and my right foot was numb and tingly. By 11:00 am, I was paralyzed from the waist down.

This condition is called idiopathic. I don’t know how I got this problem. I had a respiratory infection, but evidently instead of fighting the infection, my immune system attacked my spinal cord from T10 down, causing the myelin sheathing to be removed from the nerves. Imagine a piece of electrical wire that has a plastic coating on it.

Kim is an advocate for wheelchair users nationwide, often participating in Roll on Capitol Hill events.

Kim is an advocate for wheelchair users nationwide, often participating in Roll on Capitol Hill events.

That plastic coating is somewhat like the myelin sheathing over the spinal cord. Without that sheathing, when the brain talks to the nerves, the nerves and muscles don’t get the signal.

I thought I probably had pinched a nerve. I kept expecting my lower body to wake up, and everything be all right. I was taken to the hospital. My sister and brother-in-law who lived 15 miles away came to the hospital and waited with me until my husband could fly in from Atlanta.

15 kimThe ER doctor I’d seen hadn’t been overly concerned. But after two MRIs and one CAT scan, I was admitted to the hospital. For five
days, no one could tell me what had happened. Finally, a neurologist examined me. I had feeling in my lower extremities but no muscle control. The neurologist told me, “The good news is you don’t have multiple sclerosis. The bad news is you have transverse myelitis.”

He walked out of the room, without describing what transverse myelitis was, what caused me to have it, or what my future would be like.

In 2004, there wasn’t nearly as much information on transverse myelitis as there is today. I went to WebMD, and all I could find about my condition was very depressing. Since then, we’ve learned that WebMD has a lot of old information that’s not current with new research constantly being developed.

I learned that transverse myelitis affected different people in various ways. Some people had a lot of pain associated with this condition; other people had to be put on ventilators to breathe; and some people walked with this condition and lost very little function. So, no one could tell me exactly what would happen, or what I could expect to happen.

I spent 2 weeks in the hospital and 1 week in a rehab facility. I came home and started going to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. When I went to the Shepherd Center for the first time, I was really impressed. I didn’t see any handicap parking signs, because about everyone there had some type of disability. That really helped me see that there were plenty of people like me. Everyone at the Shepherd Center encouraged me. I came away thinking, “This is an awesome, awesome facility.”

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Kim got involved in Shepherd Center’s events like quad rugby.

I found the Transverse Myelitis Association’s webpage where I learned more information about my disease. I discovered there were three research centers studying this disease, including the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) where Dr. DeSilva did research, Johns Hopkins University and one in Dallas, Texas. Since I lived closest to UAB, I went there. I work very closely with that research facility today and do all I can to help raise money for it to learn more about what the disease is, and what can be done to cure it.

Only 1,400 people in the United States have transverse myelitis.

I’m in a research study now with other people with this disease. The researchers have taken blood from all of us to attempt to find one common denominator that may indicate how and why we’ve gotten this disease. This study is being funded by the Mike L. Jezdimir Foundation.

Today, my right leg is totally paralyzed; my left leg has 20 percent function; and I have full mobility from my waist up. But I can get around my house with a walker.

Kim is More Active Now Than Before She Had Transverse Myelitis

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Kim even went skydiving after being diagnosed with TM.

7 kimI was fairly active before we discovered I had transverse myelitis. I liked to ride a bicycle and play tennis, although I wasn’t very good. However, since I’ve been injured, I’ve been sky diving, and zip lining at 150 feet off the ground. Then, I’ve rappelled 60-feet down from where the zip line ended.

Often you’ll hear or read of people saying, “Always live every day to the fullest, because you don’t know when you’ll live your last day.” When you go through a traumatic experience like I have, and your life changes so quickly, I think you really want to do everything that you’ve ever wanted to do. Two weeks from the time of this interview for Wheel:Life, I’ll be hang gliding.

I attend the Shepherd Center’s Atlanta Adventure Skills Workshop held each May. In one weekend, we’ll rock wall climb, ride a zip line, water ski and jet ski. Also, we go tubing, kayaking and play wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby. I really enjoy playing wheelchair rugby – often against young people who are 18-22-years old. Once we finish playing, I’ll tell those kids, “I’m old enough to be your grandmother.” Then their mouths drop wide open. Physically I’m 56 years old, but mentally, I’m much younger than that.

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I’m very involved in all the activities at the Shepherd Center. I’ve also been to a camp through the Shepherd Center where we play wheelchair tennis in the morning and ride hand cycles in the afternoon. This camp is all about wellness and teaching people with spinal cord injuries how to live healthier lifestyles.

The camp also holds seminars on eating light, because people with spinal cord injuries tend to have weight issues. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is not only controlling what you eat, but how much you eat. We learn yoga exercises and do other fitness programs to get our cardiovascular systems revved up.

The Shepherd Center also has an adaptive swim team, a water ski team, a rugby team and a basketball team and works with local YMCAs to make their equipment more adaptable. Then people with physical disabilities can become involved in exercise programs and other programs offered by their YMCAs.

Kim Works for a Great Company: Lowe’s

lowesI work for Lowe’s – a home improvement store. I’m a facilitator. I check and make sure all the trucks that are bringing in products are properly unloaded; the unloading process is done in a timely manner; and the products brought in are stored in the right places.

More than 390 people applied for this job at Lowe’s.

Once I learned I was the only person in a wheelchair who had applied for the job, I started thinking, “Why would Lowe’s hire me?” I realized Lowe’s didn’t have to make any kind of concessions for those other 390 people. After I was hired, they told me that they didn’t even look at my wheelchair. They looked at my resume and my abilities. Before I started work, they asked me to come in for a walk through to make sure I could get in and out of the doors, the bathrooms and my cubicle. They made certain the store was totally accessible for me.

On rainy days, they have me pull my vehicle under a covered awning almost into the warehouse to unload my wheelchair and get out of my vehicle without getting wet. They’ll have someone park my truck for me and bring me the keys. When I get ready to go home, someone will bring my vehicle to me, so I can put my wheelchair in, get in my vehicle and drive home. But, Lowe’s treats all their employees this way – not just me. I’ve been working with Lowe’s for 5 years.

More on Kim’s Life Today

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2 kimI do Roll on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the United Spinal Association, every year to advocate for myself and others and to help legislators strengthen employment opportunities for all people with disabilities. Lowe’s is very supportive of me when I take time off to do activist work for people in wheelchairs and for research on transverse myelitis.

Wheel:Life’s Impact on Kim’s World

I found Wheel:Life’s Facebook page when it first began. I think I probably was one of the first 100 people who signed up for Wheel:Life. Because Wheel:Life’s founder Lisa Wells lives in Atlanta, I contacted her. She helped us promote Walk for Life  – a transverse myelitis awareness walk to raise money for transverse myelitis research. I’ve stayed in contact with Lisa, and she’s helped us spread information about what the disease is, and what we’re doing and to raise money for research.

Additional Resources From Wheel:Life on Relationships 

Reconnecting-CoverLowRes240x240Within Reconnecting: Relationship Advice from Wheelchair Users, readers will hear from people who use wheelchairs as they share their perspective on friends, family and relationships including dating, marriage and parenting.

Author Lisa Wells shares real-life examples and success stories throughout the book based on her lengthy career that includes ongoing interactions with disability advocates, non-profit supporters and peer support group members.

Reconnecting: Relationship Advice from Wheelchair Users features interviews with:

  • Graduate student & quadriplegic Ather Sharif about connecting on a college campus
  • Amputee Thomas Morris on connecting through his unique appearance and personality
  • NSCIA [Buffalo, NY chapter] President Natalie Barnhard who connects Wheels with Wings
  • Paraplegic Todd Robinson who explains his family connection through the joy of adoption
  • Quadriplegic Ashleigh Justice who connects on the quad rugby field and as a young mother

GET RECONNECTING HERE  

About the Author:John-E_-Phillips
John E. Phillips For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at www.johninthewild.com.

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Two SpeediCath Users Tell Wheel:Life Their Stories

When Wheel:Life learned that two Coloplast SpeediCath users would be ...

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Air Travel as a Wheelchair User: What Should You Expect?  

After my injury twelve years ago, there were many things I had always ...

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Freedom Concepts: Helping Kids Be Kids

Editor’s Note:  After complications at birth, Jacoby Zebinski was ...

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Travel for All: Making Adventure a Reality for Joanne and Bill Hogan

  Editor’s Note: As the son of a military man and the daughter ...

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The Chanda Plan Foundation:  Changing Lives Through Access to Integrative Therapy

Editor’s Note: When conventional medicine was failing quadriplegic ...

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Founder of Life Rolls On Jesse Billauer Wants to Help You Catch a Wave

Editor’s Note:  Growing up in southern California, Jesse ...

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Tecla: Fostering Independence Through Access to Technology

Editor’s Note:  While studying biomedical engineering in his home ...

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New! A Pocket-Sized Cure Hydrophilic Kit Made for You

A new pocket-sized kit from Cure Medical is now available for people ...

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Super Leg Joel Ellen on Faith and Fitness After Limb Loss

Editor’s Note:  When athlete and fitness fanatic Joel Ellen ...

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From Frustration to Innovation:  How Universal Vests is Changing Industry Standards

While studying physical therapy, the founders of Universal Vests ...

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Comfort Conversations: Anyone Can Dance

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

4 girls riding bikes, one of which is an adaptive bike by Freedom Concepts
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The Benefits of Your Child Getting Active with Adaptive Bike Riding

Parents of children living with disabilities:  Take a minute to ...

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Our Top 5 Accessible Summer Vacation Destinations

It’s time to talk about summer vacation plans. If you like to have ...

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A New Book Teaches Kids About the Life of a Service Dog

Editor’s Note:  As a single mom of a 7-year-old, Amy Sherwood was ...

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Win a Trip to the Boston Abilities Expo

Have you always wanted to attend an Abilities Expo but you don’t ...

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Wheel:Life and Comfort Medical Sponsor the Paradox Sports Adaptive Ice Climbing Trip

Editor’s Note:  A little over a decade ago, a group of guys with a ...

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Norah Self-Caths in Kindergarten, Thanks to this Free Resource

It’s a given that kids who cath want to be like their friends at ...

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The Healing Powers of Grounding Therapy for Wheelchair Users

Editor’s Note:  Having grown up on a farm in rural Montana, Clint ...

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Cruising the Planet with Amputee Debra Kerper

Editor’s Note: When a bone infection complicated by lupus took ...

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The Online Dating Experience for the Disabled

Dating is hard. Dating is really hard. If you have a disability, ...

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Inclusion, Adventure, and Therapy with Freedom Concepts

Editor’s Note: In 2014, Michigan residents Caroline Booth and Matt ...

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Where Do You Want to Go?

Have you always dreamt of seeing the Aurora Borealis in Alaska? Or ...

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TerrainHopper USA: Bringing Adventure and Freedom to People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note:  Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, Todd Lemay ...

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Breaking Down Broadcasting Barriers with Paul Amadeus Lane

Editor’s Note: Growing up in Long Beach, California, Paul Amadeus ...

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Zebreda Dunham Powers Through Challenges on the Pitch and in Life

Editor’s Note:  Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, ...

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Adaptive Aerial Yoga Allows Wheelchair Users to Fly

  Editor’s Note: Texas native Sara Schaffer has been ...

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Sex, Love, and Disability:  Ben Duffy’s New Documentary Exposes It All

Filmmaker Ben Duffy and Ajani “AJ” Murray met while working on a ...

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Amputee Bob Clausen Says If You Want Something Bad Enough, You Will Do It

Editor’s Note:  Widower and Navy veteran Rober “Bob” ...

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The Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant: A Life-Changing Experience

As the Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute, formerly known ...

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Comfort Conversations: Support Systems Are Key After a Life-Altering Tragedy

Having key support systems after a life-altering injury is crucial. ...

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Sheri Melander-Smith on Living Your Best Life

Editor’s Note:  Sheri Melander-Smith was born with a vascular ...

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5 Extreme Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

Have you already tried all of the typical adaptive sports available ...

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Reflections and Lessons Learned in 2017

We hope your 2017 was as enlightening and empowering as ours was here ...

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Living with MS: One Family’s Solution to Enjoying Life Events Again

Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and for the first ...

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4 Tips to Help Teach Your Child About Self-Catheterization

At a certain age, kids will be the first to tell you that they want ...

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Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Wheelchair Users

Are you dreading this winter season? Dealing with slushy, icy, snowy, ...

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Making Adaptive Climbing More Accessible with Arthur Torrey

Editor’s Note: When a tree-cutting accident in 2010 led to broken ...

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Barbara Cramer – 75 Years of Defying Stereotypes

Editor’s Note:  An earlier version of this post may have left the ...

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Serving the Spina Bifida Community with the SBAGNE

I serve as the executive director of the SBAGNE. One of my primary ...

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Comfort Medical is Helping People to Achieve a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

If you’re an avid Wheel:Life reader, you may remember that we ...

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Advocating for Disability Rights with Stephanie Woodward and CDR

Editor’s Note: During a summer internship at the Center for ...

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Building Strength and Confidence with Handi Capable Fitness

Editor’s Note: A botched hernia operation during infancy left James ...

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Comfort Medical Sponsors Freedom Concepts to Help You Win An Adaptive Bike

Have you always dreamt of gliding down the street with the wind in ...

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Experience It All At the Abilities Expo!

Days are becoming shorter, nights longer, and the holiday season is ...

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ParaSportsLive: Bringing Adaptive Sports Coverage to the World

Editor’s Note:  When wheelchair user Tony Jackson’s original ...

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Introducing the New Cure Ultra Coude Intermittent Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra® Coude ...

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Get Ready for Rolling With Me’s Each By Name Conference

Wheel:Life, Comfort Medical, and Rolling With Me is excited to ...

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Smooth Sailing with David Gaston

Editor’s Note:  A Texas coast native, David Gaston has been in and ...

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Gain Traction This Fall with National Ramp

Summer is officially over and dreary winter weather is on its way. ...

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Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!

When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle ...

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Pursuing Health and Happiness with Malaise Wheelchair Fitness

Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...

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Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...

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Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...

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Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...

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Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

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The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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WheelchairTravel.org: Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...

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The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...

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How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...

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Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...

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Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...

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The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...

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Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...

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Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...

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Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...

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Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

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Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...

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Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...

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Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...

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Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...

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Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...

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Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...

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Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...

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Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord Injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...

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Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...

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The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...

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Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

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Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...

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Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...

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Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...

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Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...

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Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...

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Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...

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AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...

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A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

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Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...

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Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...

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Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...

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Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...

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Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

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Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

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The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...

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The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...

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Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

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Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...

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Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

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Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

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Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...

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Welcome to Wheel:Life

We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...