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SPINALpedia's podcast, Life After Paralysis with Tiffiny Carlson, is the official podcast of SPINALpedia.com, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries. Hosted by Tiffiny Carlson, a C6 quadriplegic of over 25 years and the executive director of SPINALpedia, she interviews guests from all areas of life with a spinal cord injury, highlighting important topics within the paralysis community from spinal cord injury research and advocacy to lifestyle topics. New episodes a ...
 
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In the first episode of 2022, we chat with Natalie Cinman, a passionate home cook and wheelchair-user from Montreal, Quebec. She may not be paralyzed, but she has dozens of amazing tips to share on cooking in a wheelchair. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, she lives in her forever home with her dream accessible kitchen, along with her husband and …
 
Peter Yeo, a C4 incomplete quadriplegic from British Columbia, Canada, shares the two surgeries that helped him regain movement after his spinal cord injury, including a groundbreaking therapy to treat spasms after maxxing the daily maximum of Baclofen. He was also the first to receive this treatment. And although he still has limited upper-body mo…
 
Not being able to move just one of her legs is how Melissa Childers, an avid marathon runner and mountain climber, woke up one January morning in 2021. By the day was up, she would be no longer able to move her legs. Diagnosed with a spinal stroke (which can happen to anyone at any time), Melissa has had to figure out life after paralysis this year…
 
Beth Beckley is not your average married lady living life in the Atlanta, Georgia suburbs with her spoiled fur babies (although her dogs are insanely cute). Injured 13 years ago when she was 21, Beth, now a T4 paraplegic, has an appreciative perspective on life. She shares her injury story, how recently lost 40 pounds and how she's forging ahead wi…
 
In Episode 35, we are joined by Ulysses Martin, a 45 year old C3-5 quadriplegic, father and quadriplegic from Florida. A former amateur MMA fighter, minor league football player and actor, Martin was injured in 2018 when he was hit by a SUV while on his motorcycle. He is now striving to walk again and is determined to return to physical therapy to …
 
In Episode 34, Ernie Johnson, paralyzed as a C4-5 incomplete quadriplegic while playing high school football over 24 years ago, shares his life in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, including his passion for adaptive surfing. Surfing on his belly, he has won a number of adaptive surfing events. From being a wheelchair bodybuilder to a high school basket…
 
In Episode 33, Ron Trozzi, a C5-6 quadriplegic injured over 43 years ago at 20 years old as an officer in the Coast Guard, shares his spinal cord injury story. A Long Island native, he decided to hightail it to Tucson, Arizona 2 years after his injury so he would no longer be known as the 'wheelchair guy' in the neighborhood where he grew up. He al…
 
In Episode 32, Tiffiny chats with the very cool Leah B. Rose from Vancouver, British Columbia. After her injury, Leah, a C5-6 complete quadriplegic, discovered a love of empowerment coaching for youth and mothers. She felt the need to help others because of what she learned after her injury (and she also became the owner of two Sphynx/hairless cats…
 
In our interview with Scott W. Fedor, a C3 quadriplegic from Ohio, he shares the 5 most important life truths he's learned since breaking his neck in a diving accident 12 years ago. A non-sugar coater, Scott speaks from the soul, sharing awesome tips on how to deal with some of life's biggest blows. For more on Scott, including where to purchase hi…
 
In our first episode of 2021, we speak with Ryan S. Atkins, a C3-4 quadriplegic from Cincinnati, Ohio (and Bengals fan) who was paralyzed in a car accident in 2009. He has mastered the art of focusing on the here and now and how to balance the reality of being paralyzed and staying positive even he never walks again. Ryan has also published a book …
 
In Episode 29, Pt. II of Working After a Spinal Cord Injury, we chat with Alex, a C4 quadriplegic from Miami injured in 2018, who still works as a real estate agent, and then we speak with Kenneth, a C5 quadriplegic from Colorado. Kenneth was a Walmart store manager for several years and now works for Colorado Cross Disability Coalition - ccdconlin…
 
In Episode 29 and for October Disability Employment Awareness Month, we chat with César, a C4 quadriplegic from Tijuana, Mexico, who has his own online business, and we speak with Derek, a C5-6 quadriplegic from Mississippi, who has worked as a financial advisor and many other jobs during his 29 years post-injury. - Check out César's store: https:/…
 
In Episode 28 of Life After Paralysis, we interview two paraplegics who've traveled during the COVID-19 pandemic, both traveling to the state of Florida. We first speak with Dick, a 60 something paraplegic injured for over 40 years, who shares his favorite airline right now and his travels in Tampa. Our second guest is Corey, a paraplegic and a sea…
 
The spinal cord injury world has been eagerly awaiting some kind of viable treatment, and epidural simulation is finally providing that hope. Case in point Keith Smith. A C4 complete quadriplegic from California, he was chosen to be part of Dr. Susan Harkema's epidural simulation trial at the University of Louisville. Besieged with dangerously low …
 
In Episode 27, we chat with three people who share their amusing and sometimes frustrating stories of discrimination after becoming disabled. In many cases people just don't understand that our brains aren't affected as well, which leads to some funny stories. We chat with Sean Dineen, a professor with spastic paraplegia, Ken Macdonald, a quadriple…
 
In Episode 26, we chat with two more people about quarantining and having a spinal cord injury. Our first guest is Noel Joyce, a paraplegic from Ireland, who is a industrial designer. He shares insight into the designs occurring as a result of COVID-19 and how they benefit people with disabilities. Our second guest is Misty Dawn Piker, a paraplegic…
 
In Episode 25 of Life After Paralysis, Tiffiny interviews two people with paralysis who have been quarantining at home since March. Her first guest is Eric Pfisterer, a 32 year old with spinal bifida who is working from home as a high school guidance counselor. He talks about how he and his wife have been staying busy and how he is being careful wh…
 
Episode 24: Vent Life In episode 24, we talk to two people with quadriplegia who use a ventilator to breathe. We first speak with Drew Clayborn from Michigan. Injured in high school, he went on to attend the University of Michigan and is the founder of The Drew Crew Charitable Organization. Next, we speak with Loa Griesbach from Washington who's be…
 
In episode 23, we uncover wheelchair life hacks your therapists forgot to tell you about. From the wonders a simple cone can do to prevent parking abuse to a spatula set-up for a C1 quadriplegic that enables independent eating, Tiffiny chats with four guests who share their best tips that have the power to change lives. Guests in this episode are t…
 
In episode 22, four people with paralysis share their stories about driving post-injury. They share the adaptive driving programs they use, their fears about driving again, and the technology they use that enables them to drive. Tiffiny talks to Heather Wood, a mom with Guillain-Barré syndrome from Massachusetts, Mike Gerhard, a paraplegic who's be…
 
In episode 21 and the first episode of 2020, Tiffiny is joined by Brandon, a father of 4 who's been injured for only one year following a motorcycle accident and has already been through so much, including depression, a relationship ending and losing his job. He shares his story and how he's making it through this difficult time in his life. We wan…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Shawn Dean, a lawyer and C6 quadriplegic who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He currently works for US Bank. To be matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counsel…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Garrison Redd, a paraplegic from Brooklyn, NY, who worked FT for the IRS then decided to switch careers, becoming a wheelchair model and actor. To be matched with a FREE disa…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Brian Denny, a high-level quadriplegic who works full-time as an Outreach Coordinator at the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association. He is also married and has three c…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Cody Bowman, a 32 year old with spina bifida from Florida, who's currently working PT in retail while attending college. She is studying for her Bachelors in Communication an…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Doug Maurer, a paraplegic of over 40 years who has an amazing career in computer programming. Originally from Wisconsin, he lives in South Carolina with his wife, children, a…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with with Dick Crumb, a paraplegic of over 45 years who is retired after working in the Agribusiness for several decades. He resides in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife. To be …
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with with Steve Laux, a medical engineer at Medtronic and a C6 quadriplegic from Minnesota. He is married and has triplet daughters. To be matched with a FREE disability employmen…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Joey Carlson, a former speed skater who works in Marketing Communications at Medtronic Corporation. He is a C5-6 quadriplegic from Minneapolis, Minnesota. To be matched with …
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Shannon Minnick from Washington DC. She has been a C7 quadriplegic since 1990 and is the Director of Independent Living Services at Independence Now, Inc. She is also a mom a…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Bill Fertig, a longtime disability advocate from Virginia who is the Director of United Spinal’s Resource Center. Bill was injured in 1999 in an off-duty police office motorc…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about their careers post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with Kelly Morse who is an optometrist (eye doctor) from Pennsylvania. She is also a paraplegic and was injured while in college. Kelly knew since she was a little girl that she w…
 
In October, we celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, speaking to people with paralysis about finding a career post-injury. In this interview, we chatted with the hardworking John Michaels, a C6 quadriplegic since 1994, who has 3 jobs. He is also engaged and lives in Maryland. To be matched with a FREE disability employment bene…
 
In episode #8, Tiffiny talks with two men with quadriplegia who've changed their diets to get healthy and lose weight after becoming paralyzed. She is joined by Brian Kasper from Minnesota who eats clean/Vegan and shares tips on using food to strengthen the body after paralysis. And she is joined by Damon Keoki Piikalama Boiser, a quadriplegic from…
 
In Episode #7 of Life After Paralysis, Tiffiny Carlson interviews two quadriplegics about the travails of online dating after their injuries. She interviews Rob Cella from Thunder Bay, Ontario and Brook McCall from Portland, Oregon. To learn more about SPINALpedia.com, visit: https://spinalpedia.com/about To learn more about Tiffiny visit: https://…
 
Service dogs make the lives of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries safer, happier and healthier everyday. The joy a service animal can bring to your life is priceless, but for quadriplegics, even moreso. The amazing tasks and companionship they provide cannot be beat. In Episode 6, Tiffiny has on three guests, all with quadriplegia, who s…
 
Spinal cord injuries are considered one of the worst things that can happen to people, or so they say. What did you do when you found yourself with a spinal cord injury? How did you move on? This is something many of us are asked by family and friends, even strangers. In episode five, Tiffiny interviews four people with spinal cord injuries about t…
 
How do you find a home that's accessible or can easily be made accessible? Are their special home buying grants available? What about making your home accessible after the purchase? Tiffiny is joined by 4 guests for an epic 1.5 hour show on everything SCI & home buying. To listen to the guest you're most interested in, guest descriptions and timest…
 
Camping in a wheelchair can be some adventurous stuff. What tents do people use? How and where do you sleep? Tiffiny chats with three avid campers with spinal cord injuries - Jason Thurston, Ty Hockett and Greg Niedzielski - to get the dirt, and they share adaptive camping hacks as well as some funny camping stories along the way. Run-time is 43 mi…
 
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