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Life After Paralysis with Tiffiny Carlson

Life After Paralysis with Tiffiny Carlson

By Tiffiny Carlson

Life After Paralysis is the official podcast of SPINALpedia.com, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries. Hosted by Tiffiny Carlson, a C6 quadriplegic since 1993 and the executive director of SPINALpedia, she interviews guests and highlights important topics in the paralysis community, from spinal cord injury research and advocacy to lifestyle topics. New episodes are uploaded monthly. Send show ideas to info@spinalpedia.com. Learn more at SPINALpedia.com
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Life After Paralysis Episode 45: Casey Moore of the Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection
Life After Paralysis Episode 45: Casey Moore of the Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection
A quadriplegic, husband, father and community health worker, Casey Moore from Medford, Oregon shares his story. Paralyzed in 2000 in a diving accident, he was unsure of what life held for him, but he did his best to focus on the positive and pushed ahead, going on to marry the love of his life, having a son without the need of IVF and then finding a purposeful career - helping others with spinal cord injuries by becoming a community health worker. He also shares the awesome activities available at the Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection for those with paralysis living in the area. — Follow Casey on Facebook & IG — Check out the Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection
32:51
November 22, 2022
Life After Paralysis Disability Employment Series 2022 - Candis Welch, DEI Practioner, Disability Advocate & Speaker
Life After Paralysis Disability Employment Series 2022 - Candis Welch, DEI Practioner, Disability Advocate & Speaker
In our second disability employment success story for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022, meet Candis Welch. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, she began her career as an Executive Assistant with Issa Rae Productions after graduating with a degree in Journalism. She then pivoted to the public sector, eventually becoming a Procurement Analyst for the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) and now works in her current position as LAHSA's internal DEI Coordinator.  — Visit Candis' site — Follow Candis on IG
28:08
October 14, 2022
Life After Paralysis Disability Employment Series 2022 - Brandon Winfield
Life After Paralysis Disability Employment Series 2022 - Brandon Winfield
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year we will be highlighting a variety of disability employment success stories. Brandon Winfield, founder of the accessibility review app iAccessLife, is first up in our series. Paralyzed at the age of 14 in a motocross accident, he went on to become a self taught QA analyst and an app creator. His app, iAccessLife, lets people review the accessibility of any establishment they visit and is used in 35 countries. — Follow Brandon on IG
22:53
October 07, 2022
Life After Paralysis Episode 44: Wheelchair Zumba Instructor Tennille Houston
Life After Paralysis Episode 44: Wheelchair Zumba Instructor Tennille Houston
Is Zumba a good workout for wheelchair-users? In this episode, we speak with wheelchair Zumba instructor Tennille Houston from Idaho who fills us in on why Zumba is a great workout for those who can't walk. Also married with two teenagers, she became a wheelchair-user over 14 years ago due to pregnancy complications and went on to become a Zumba certified instructor after her injury.  Tennille shares her wheelchair Zumba classes on various platforms. She teaches online classes 3 times a week via Zumba's official site and she has over 150 Zumba workouts for wheelchair-users available on her Youtube channel. She can be found on IG and TikTok as well. Listen via the player below. Episode run-time is 32 minutes. — Tennille's Online Zumba Class Schedule — Tennille's Zumba Youtube Channel — Tennille on TikTok — Tennille on Instagram
32:59
September 13, 2022
Episode 43: Self-Improvement Hour with Tim Taylor
Episode 43: Self-Improvement Hour with Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor, a C5 quadriplegic from Pennsylvania, has experienced a lot since his injury nearly 20 years ago, and he has a lot to share in this episode. We talk with him about his car accident that resulted in the death of two individuals, how he made it through the depression that followed afterwards and how he ultimately found his calling since he was no longer able to pursue his previous career. From making money on his YouTube channel to flipping vintage items he finds at thrift restores and reselling them on eBay, he has used his business mind to keep himself afloat financially. Tim also shares his first arm contracture surgery experience, which he underwent earlier this year as part of his 2022 year of self improvement. His next goal is getting his driver's license for the first time since his injury. Episode run-time is 32 minutes — Tim's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/timay618 — Tim on IG: https://www.instagram.com/this_is_wheel_life/
32:11
July 20, 2022
Episode 42: Quadriplegic Camper Jason Thurston Spreads the Word on John Dillon Park, a Fully Inclusive Campground
Episode 42: Quadriplegic Camper Jason Thurston Spreads the Word on John Dillon Park, a Fully Inclusive Campground
We're excited to have Jason Thurston, a C5-6 quadriplegic, back on the show. A wheelchair camping expert who camped alone 4 times last year, he's now the Outreach Coordinator for International Paper John Dillon Park, a free and fully inclusive campground located in New York state in the Adirondack mountains. Injured in 2004 in a diving accident, this former chef had to pivot his professional life and ended up rediscovering his love of the outdoors, something that was important to him as a young man. In this episode, Jason shares the multiple accessible amenities that are available at John Dillon Park, including accessible lean-tos, which are cabins with three walls and and elevated bed that helps him camp independently, as well as the 3+ miles of accessible trails and wheelchair charging stations. He also shares his advice on accessible camping, including his thoughts on the healing power of nature. Episode run-time is 44 minutes. See links below. — International Paper John Dillon Park — The Ultimate Wheelchair Accessible Adirondacks Travel Guide by Cory Lee — Camping By Myself as a Quadriplegic: The Pinnacle of Independence by Jason Thurston — Follow Jason on Instagram
44:03
June 03, 2022
Episode 41: Bianca Faith Johnson - Lawyer, Professor, Preacher & Ms. Wheelchair NY 2022
Episode 41: Bianca Faith Johnson - Lawyer, Professor, Preacher & Ms. Wheelchair NY 2022
If you're looking for a dose of motivation, this is the podcast episode for you. Injured 5 years ago in a motorcycle accident, Bianca Faith Johnson went on to receive her law degree and is now an assistant college professor as well as an assistant preacher at her church, St. Albans.  To top it off, she's also the newly crowned Ms. Wheelchair New York 2022. Only paralyzed 5 years, how has Bianca been able to find the strength to be so badass? She shares her thoughts on this topic and much more in this latest episode of Life After Paralysis. — Follow Bianca on IG
26:28
May 02, 2022
Episode 40: Wage Disparities & The Great Caregiver Shortage
Episode 40: Wage Disparities & The Great Caregiver Shortage
If you get paid more to pour a cup of coffee at McDonald's than be a caregiver, the system is surely unjust. Kevin Orr, a complete C4-5 quadriplegic from Mississippi and former police officer injured in 2009, has experienced a severe absence of caregivers since the pandemic began (with his mother becoming his full-time caregiver as a result). Tiffiny and Kevin discuss possible solutions to his dilemma, and the greater issue at hand. They also discuss his passion of mouth painting, and how painting objects with drip paint finally got him the attention of buyers. Run-time is 47 minutes. — See Kevin's artwork
47:09
February 24, 2022
Episode 39: Cooking from a Wheelchair
Episode 39: Cooking from a Wheelchair
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 fur babies.  Natalie started her growing cooking channel during Covid, and on our show she shares her best tips for cooking in an inaccessible kitchen, easy meals for those just starting to cook, gadgets she swears by and much more (including foodie internet buys like the Always pan). Listen time is 33 minutes - Watch Natalie's cooking videos on Youtube - Follow Natalie on Instagram at QTonWheels
33:15
January 05, 2022
Life After Paralysis Episode 38: Peter Yeo's Mobility-Enhancing Surgeries
Life After Paralysis Episode 38: Peter Yeo's Mobility-Enhancing Surgeries
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 mobility, the surgeries were able to restore some function he did not have before. Peter also shares the therapy he is doing at Neuromotion Rehabilitation on a weekly basis. Run-time is 25 minutes. If you have any questions about his surgeries, or if would you like to connect with Peter, you can reach him via his Instagram at @pt_hwoarang
25:19
November 01, 2021
Life After Paralysis Episode 37: Newly Injured Melissa Childers Shines a Light on Spinal Strokes
Life After Paralysis Episode 37: Newly Injured Melissa Childers Shines a Light on Spinal Strokes
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. She joins Tiffiny to discuss rehab during a pandemic, neuropathic pain and how she's coping, and she also discusses her first trip post-injury to Colorado wand the amazingness of trying an adaptive mountain bike with the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte. Run-time is 22 minutes. - Follow Melissa on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melleighc/ - Watch Melissa's videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBuWRaCeAZ7e_g6nKnDF0YA/about
22:21
September 21, 2021
Life After Paralysis Episode 36: Wheelchair Weight Loss, Finding Love and More with Beth Beckley
Life After Paralysis Episode 36: Wheelchair Weight Loss, Finding Love and More with Beth Beckley
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 with a new healthy lifestyle.   Beth also shares how she lost the weight with help from the Shepherd Center, one of the best SCI rehab centers in the US. Married for 10 years, she also talks about how she met her husband on eHarmony as well as how she deals with a less than harmonious mother-in-law. They're also currently trying to get pregnant. Listen to our 25 minute chat with Beth Beckley below. - Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb9y4LdgRj4 - Follow Beth on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelingwithmebethb/ - Follow Beth on Youtube (she makes DIY crafts): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeR4T7wgd8T0DhmLmHDyE6Q - Read her guest post on our blog, "Guest Post: Life is Still Worth Living" by Beth Beckley, here: https://spinalpedia.com/guest-post-life-is-still-worth-living-by-beth-beckley/ - Shepherd Fitness Center: https://www.shepherd.org/promotion
25:32
August 12, 2021
Life After Paralysis Episode 35: Former MMA Fighter Ulysses Martin
Life After Paralysis Episode 35: Former MMA Fighter Ulysses Martin
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 pursue activity-based therapy at Stay In Step in Tampa.. Activity-based therapy is a form of physical therapy where people continue to go for months, even years after their injury and continue to see return through exercises like gait training and vibration therapy. It is expensive and Martin is currently fundraising so he can return. Learn more about Martin and his incredible story below. Run-time is 30 minutes. - Ulysses' site - Follow Ulysses on IG - Donate to his GoFundMe account to help him return to therapy here
30:45
July 09, 2021
Episode 34: Adaptive Surfer Ernie Johnson
Episode 34: Adaptive Surfer Ernie Johnson
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 basketball coach, Ernie hasn't held back. He's become an advocate for the South Carolina spinal cord injury community as well. Listen to our 27 minute conversation with Ernie below. - Follow Ernie on Instagram at @bigern34 - Adaptive Surf Project in Mrytle Beach
27:30
May 20, 2021
Episode 33: 40 Years Paralyzed - Ron Trozzi and His Green Thumb Life in Arizona
Episode 33: 40 Years Paralyzed - Ron Trozzi and His Green Thumb Life in Arizona
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 also talks about his love of accessible gardening on his 1 acre hobby farm, including growing organic tomatoes, purple Basil, and much more. Forty years later, he's still enjoying his life on his 1 acre farm, replete with a swimming pool turned into a natural pond and his highly prized organic tomatoes that local restaurants covet. He also shares his secret to staying healthy all these years, and how the lungs are by far the most important organ to keep healthy as a quadriplegic. Ron has been battling a lung infection. Runtime is 31 minutes. Listen below or watch the video version here. - Want to message Rob? Contact Rob via Facebook here
31:42
April 22, 2021
Episode 32: Leah B. Rose - Quadriplegic Empowerment Coach from Vancouver
Episode 32: Leah B. Rose - Quadriplegic Empowerment Coach from Vancouver
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). Also giving a shout out to the amazing Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization that helps people with SCI in Canada and worldwide, Leah shares her life with us, including her harrowing injury story. Runtime is 32 minutes. - Follow Leah B. Rose on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/leahb.rose/
32:35
March 18, 2021
Episode 31: Scott Fedor & 5 Absolute Life Truths He's Learned Since Breaking His Neck
Episode 31: Scott Fedor & 5 Absolute Life Truths He's Learned Since Breaking His Neck
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 his book, see the following links: - Scott's book: Head Strong: How a Broken Neck Strengthened My Spirit (available on Amazon) - Scott's nonprofit: Getting Back Up (https://www.gettingbackup.org/) - Scott's website: ScottWFedor.com 
38:12
February 11, 2021
Episode 30: Balancing Optimism vs Reality with Author and Quadriplegic Ryan S. Atkins
Episode 30: Balancing Optimism vs Reality with Author and Quadriplegic Ryan S. Atkins
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 called One Step Closer where he shares this much-needed advice with the world. During the show, Ryan also shares his memorable love story with his wife. They met when they were children and reunited after his injury
27:47
January 11, 2021
Ep 29: Working After a Spinal Cord Injury Pt. II
Ep 29: Working After a Spinal Cord Injury Pt. II
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 - ccdconline.org.
38:56
October 29, 2020
Ep 29: Working After a Spinal Cord Injury Pt. I
Ep 29: Working After a Spinal Cord Injury Pt. I
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://www.redbubble.com/people/yannichingaz/shop?asc=u - Check out César's article on becoming independent for Audacity Magazine: https://www.audacitymagazine.com/independently-dependent/
43:47
October 28, 2020
Episode 28: Accessible Travel During COVID-19
Episode 28: Accessible Travel During COVID-19
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 seating specialist who is still traveling on the road during the pandemic. He shares his travel advice for road trips, as well an adaptive SCUBA trip he went on with his son. Show run time is 45 minutes.
45:51
September 11, 2020
Episode 8: Keith Smith & His Epidural Stimulator Journey
Episode 8: Keith Smith & His Epidural Stimulator Journey
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 blood pressure, he was considered a viable candidate.  After living in Kentucky for one year after receiving the stimulator, he is now back at home and reports loads of physical improvements including stabilized blood pressure, better bladder and bowel control, the ability to stand and improved sexual function.  Here in his own words how it changed his life in our interview with him.  Episode runtime is 22 minutes.  - Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center: https://louisville.edu/kscirc
22:30
July 31, 2020
Episode 27: My Neck Is Broken, But My Brain is Just Fine
Episode 27: My Neck Is Broken, But My Brain is Just Fine
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 quadriplegic and former quad rugby player, and Antonia Sinibaldi, a vent-dependent quadriplegic, singer and author. Podcast run-time: 1 hr, 27 mins - Listen/watch Antonia sing: https://www.antoniasinibaldi.com/
01:27:38
July 08, 2020
Episode 26: Quarantining with a Spinal Cord Injury Pt. II
Episode 26: Quarantining with a Spinal Cord Injury Pt. II
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 and theater usher from Indiana. She too has been home since March and shares how she's been getting everything done while home alone, from getting her mail to her plans for celebrating her birthday later this week. - Follow Misty on Twitter: @mimi_dawn_piker - Follow Noel on Instagram at @noeljoyce
49:24
June 01, 2020
Episode 24: Vent Life
Episode 24: Vent Life
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 been injured 18 years. She too went on to college shortly after her injury and is an Ambassador for Ventec Life, a ventilator company.  - Follow Drew @drewclayborn - Follow Loa @loagriesbach
55:56
March 31, 2020
Episode 23: Wheelchair Life Hacks
Episode 23: Wheelchair Life Hacks
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 the following: - James Collins: A paraplegic from Hawaii, he shares his cone trick to prevent parking abusers next to his car. - Amir: A paraplegic from Las Vegas, he shares how much a simple reacher from Amazon helps him be independent. He also talks about why he prefers portable hand-controls. - Brandon: A C5 quadriplegic, he talks about how helpful the Voice Control system is on his iPhone. - Tyler Schrenk: A C1 quadriplegic from Washington, he shares his spatula invention so he can eat when he's alone, as well as other cool gadgets he has that he can independently access in his home. To watch the video tour of his home & gadgets, click here: https://spinalpedia.com/video/GBY1XqKXylJ
49:42
February 22, 2020
Episode 22: Adaptive Driving
Episode 22: Adaptive Driving
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 been driving for over 20 years from Pennsylvania, Kenneth Folkman, a paraplegic who builds custom VW hand-controls from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Kimberly Ivory, a C7 quadriplegic who just got her license from Houston, Texas.
01:05:24
January 29, 2020
Episode 21: Overcoming Relationships Ending & Depression Post-Injury - A Chat with the Newly Injured Brandon
Episode 21: Overcoming Relationships Ending & Depression Post-Injury - A Chat with the Newly Injured Brandon
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 want to give Brandon a HUGE thanks for his story.  He reminds us all that human resiliency is one of the greatest traits of our species. 
34:06
December 30, 2019
Episode 20: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Shawn Dean
Episode 20: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Shawn Dean
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 counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
15:02
December 04, 2019
Episode 19: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Garrison Redd
Episode 19: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Garrison Redd
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 disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
16:47
December 04, 2019
Episode 18: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Brian Denny
Episode 18: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Brian Denny
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 children. Brian was injured in 2010 in an injury at work. To be matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
17:40
December 04, 2019
Episode 17: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Cody Bowman
Episode 17: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Cody Bowman
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 and was a contestant in Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2014. To be matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
18:39
December 04, 2019
Episode 16: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Doug Maurer
Episode 16: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Doug Maurer
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, and grandchildren. To be matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
15:53
December 04, 2019
Episode 15: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Dick Crumb
Episode 15: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Dick Crumb
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 matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
17:48
December 04, 2019
Episode 14: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Steve Laux
Episode 14: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Steve Laux
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 employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
16:08
December 04, 2019
Episode 13: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Joey Carlson
Episode 13: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Joey Carlson
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 a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
14:25
December 04, 2019
Episode 12: Campaign: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Shannon Minnick
Episode 12: Campaign: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Shannon Minnick
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 and is Ms. Wheelchair Maryland 2010. To be matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
16:10
December 04, 2019
Episode 11: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Bill Fertig
Episode 11: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Bill Fertig
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 motorcycle accident.  To be matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
24:36
December 04, 2019
Episode 10: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Kelly Morse
Episode 10: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - Kelly Morse
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 wanted to be an optometrist and hasn't let her injury put a damper on her career goals.  To be matched with a FREE disability employment benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
16:39
December 04, 2019
Episode 9: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - John Michaels
Episode 9: SPINALpedia Disability Employment Success Stories - John Michaels
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 benefits counselor please fill out this three-minute survey: https://forms.gle/Nix93TjEaEZzjcDm7
25:23
December 04, 2019
Episode 8: Healthy Eating and Weight Loss After SCI
Episode 8: Healthy Eating and Weight Loss After SCI
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 Hawaii, who recently lost 40+ lbs by changing his diet, ie, cutting out rice and more. They also discuss how mental health/being Bi-Polar can affect your weight. Enjoy!
01:11:46
November 29, 2019
Episode 7: Online Dating with a Spinal Cord Injury
Episode 7: Online Dating with a Spinal Cord Injury
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://beautyability.com/about-3/
01:08:57
October 28, 2019
Episode 6: Service Dogs for Quadriplegics
Episode 6: Service Dogs for Quadriplegics
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 share their lives with their service dogs. Show run-time is 1 hour, 21 minutes. Guests descriptions and time stamps can be found below. Guest #1) Erin Thompson (1:45 mins): A new college graduate from Minnesota, Erin is a C5-6 quadriplegic and her service dog is Mia. Follow them @miatheservicedoggo and @mizhoneybadger Guest #2) Allie Leath (25 mins): A brand new service dog mama to Taylor, who she received this Summer, Allie is 32 years old and a C7 quadriplegic. Guest #3) Dan Guillou (50:45 mins): Paralyzed for over 30 years, Dan is a C5-6 quadriplegic from Oceanside, California originally from Wisconsin and Narha is his service dog.
01:21:18
September 27, 2019
Episode 5: Moving On After a Spinal Cord Injury
Episode 5: Moving On After a Spinal Cord Injury
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 their injury story and how they were able to move on. Each person has unique advice that is worth a listen. The show run-time is 1 hour, 39 mins and the guests are as follows (time stamps are included so you can jump ahead): - Darin from Oklahoma (2:40 mins): Paralyzed a few years ago, he shares moving on in a rural area and with an incomplete injury. - Jason from Maine (28:30): Paralyzed in his 30s, married, and with kids, he shares how helping others helped him. - Justin from Wyoming (51:30): A passionate hunter, he shares how his love of the outdoors helped him heal. - Lindsey from Oregon (113:15): An incomplete quad, she shares her journey dealing with chronic pain.
01:38:51
August 27, 2019
Episode 4: Buying a Home After a Spinal Cord Injury
Episode 4: Buying a Home After a Spinal Cord Injury
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 timestamps for when they appear in the show are as follows. Guest #1) Brian Zadorozny, C6 quad who purchased a home near Seattle. Timestamp 1:36mins. Guest #2) Tammy Pruey, a paraplegic, owns a double-wide trailer in rural PA. Timestamp 34mins. Guest #3) Jeff Meixell, a quad, who buys/sells accessible homes in Florida panhandle. Timestamp 55 mins. Guest #4) Gina Schuh, a C6 quad, who's bought homes in AZ. Timestamp 1 hr, 15mins. To see photos of the guests' homes, visit  https://imgur.com/a/NkHmwi9? 
01:36:18
July 22, 2019
Episode 3: Adaptive Camping
Episode 3: Adaptive Camping
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 minutes.
43:56
June 19, 2019
Episode 2: A Roundtable Discussion on Ableism
Episode 2: A Roundtable Discussion on Ableism
A roundtable discussion on the topic of ableism, with three people with disabilities.
55:31
April 30, 2019
Episode 1: Current State of Spinal Cord Injury Research w/ Dr. Lyn Jakeman and Rob Wudlick
Episode 1: Current State of Spinal Cord Injury Research w/ Dr. Lyn Jakeman and Rob Wudlick
This episode is about spinal cord injury research, with the two guests being a research doctor and a quadriplegic,
31:22
March 19, 2019