An episode of Life After Paralysis with Tiffiny Carlson
By Tiffiny Carlson
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 are uploaded monthly. Send show ideas firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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?
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.