Check out the fifth article in our SCI Health Series on Chronic Pain. Pain unfortunately is a common side effect of life with paralysis, whether you have neuropathic pain from nerves misfiring, or muscle/bone pain from years of wear and tear. Please read out advice on how to best manage it here
In podcast #106, Tiffiny is joined by the gorgeous Chanda Hinton Leichtle, a C5-6 quad from Denver and the famous namesake of the Chanda Plan Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to bringing free non-Western integrative therapies – acupuncture, massage and adaptive yoga – to people with disabilities all over the country.
During the show, Tiffiny has Chanda open up on her early years post-injury (after being accidentally shot in the neck at age 9), and shares how she found the strength to leave her small rural town in Nebraska after high school to attend college in Denver, where entire life changed. At age 21, she hit a rocky patch – increased chronic pain that dropped her weight to dangerous levels.
But this hard experience gave birth to an amazing organization – the Chanda Plan Foundation. What saved Chanda were non-Western therapies, and she and the foundation have dedicated their lives to spreading the excitement of these therapies to as many people with disabilities as possible.
Tune in for a great conversation, and to to hear two quadriplegic women gush about yoga. You can’t go wrong with this episode.