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Life with a Spinal Cord Injury

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My name is Tiffiny Carlson and I’m a disability writer from Minnesota. I also have a C5-6 incomplete spinal cord injury from a diving accident when I was 14. I love writing and sharing disability stories and feel extremely lucky I get to do it for a living.

Here’s our first foray into advocacy for airline improvements! From Kenny Salvini’s recent story that went viral to the flying horror stories that have been reoccurring for decades, we’re sharing five stories from real SPINALpedia fans that exemplify exactly why change needs to happen. Read more

Next up in SPINALpedia’s Summer Adaptive Sport Series – adaptive kayaking! A great sport for both quadriplegics and paraplegics, this paddle sport has been around awhile and for good reason. With the basic adapted equipment that’s required, almost anyone can kayak! See exactly how you can partake in this fun water sport here.

Check out our SCI Spotlight person for the month of June – Kiesha Mastrodimos! A 21 year old from Alberta, Canada, she’s pushing ahead with her new life by helping others just like her with her how-to videos. Armed with a cell phone and a Mom who loves to record, Kiesha has made hundreds of videos showing how she does it all. Thank you Kiesha for helping the SCI community! Read more

A lifelong action sports film director who worked for Red Bull, Riley Poor had to re-tool his career after becoming a quad. Now an executive producer at Nike, he’s someone you won’t forget. Also a relationship blogger with his gf Andrea (Poor House Love) and a new fan of adaptive gardening, read about Riley’s life (and see his awesome universal accessible home) in the city of Portland here

From a sweet 27 your old quadriplegic named after China Wilson from the singing groung Wilson Phillips to vent-dependent quads going bowling in Seattle, here are the top 3 videos from Spinalpedia videos for January. See them here

Happy 2017! I hope you are healthy and relatively happy. My blog has been around for awhile (since 1996!), and my FT job as executive director of Spinalpedia.com has kept me busy…but my goal this year is to post more. If anyone out there is still reading 😉 I would love to strike up the Dating On Wheels advice column again, so if you have a burning question about this complicated topic, please send it to tiffiny@beautyability.com. I have been lucky enough to find a great guy, but oh my my has it been a struggle. Dating with a disability is hard. Dating is hard. But never lose hope.

Let’s chat ok! Keep my mind busy during the always blech Minnesota winters I endure.

Here is my special man in my life. We are at an on fleek (am I saying that right? lol) Cuban restaurant in Tampa, FL last year.

xo,

Tiff

Meet SPINALpedia.com’s newest SCI Superstar Garrett Jason Greer! A pro-poker player with over $3.3 million in winnings since 2012, Garrett went back to playing after becoming a C6 quadriplegic in 2010. A babyface with a killer mind for strategy, read up on this awesome player on the World Poker Tour (WPT) here

Slingshot Golf is an adapted sport for folks of ALL SCI levels. An able-bodied assistant, and specialized slingshot and pendulum are required. See how it’s played as demoed by Josh Basile, a lifelong golf junkie and C4-5 quadriplegic who created this sport. Click to watch

Meet our newest SCI Superstar US Paralympic swimmer Mallory Weggemann! A lifelong swimmer, she fought back from an epidural injection that paralyzed her and in a year returned to the sport she loves as a T10 para. She won gold in London in 2012, breaking the women’s record in the 50m. Can she do it again in Rio? Read all about her journey, from injuring her arm in 2014 in a crazy fall to her wedding planned for this December, here

Meet SPINALpedia’s newest SCI Superstar Gordon Reid! At only 24 years old, he won the first ever men’s singles match held at Wimbledon earlier this month. Scottish-bred and born, this 24 year old is on-fire in the wheelchair tennis world. Read more

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