December 6, 2016 | 12:00 pm | By Pants Up Easy
Living with a spinal cord injury presents challenges on a number of levels. Not the least of these is the feeling of loneliness and isolation one feels, surrounded by people who have more mobility and independence. It’s always advisable to have some sense of community with people who are in the same situation as you, to learn about their experiences, and how they may have dealt with the same challenges you’re facing.
Fortunately, in today’s super-connected world, it’s possible to connect with a wealth of resources through online communities, without needing to leave one’s own home. Among the myriad of online resources, there are a number of outstanding blogs which offer a variety of information and support for people with spinal cord injuries. Here are some of our favorites:
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
This blog is a part of one of our favorite websites, and favorite organizations. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation provides an enormous sense of community for people with spinal cord injuries. Their blog contains a wealth of information about treatment and products, as well as a treasure chest of inspirational material. It allows comments from readers, which means that there’s more opportunity to learn about other people’s experiences, and to share your own insight too.
As the name suggests, this site strives to maintain an encyclopedic archive of words, pictures, and videos, with the aim of empowering those affected by a spinal cord injury and their family members. Their motto is “See it, Believe it, Do it– The Power of Experience!” The blog is overflowing with current news and history, and also includes stories and interviews with other wheelchair users whose lives offer inspiration and insight.
This blog is the self-told story of Arash, a young man who was an athlete and lover of physical challenges. Tragically, he fell out of a third story window, resulting in a deeply challenging spinal cord injury. His blog relates the stories of his daily life, and his experiences as he struggles to overcome his injury. Arash has a particular love of life, and brings an amazingly positive energy and determination to overcome the same challenges you may be dealing with.
FacingDisability.com is the project of the parents of Vicki Hill, who sustained a neck injury while swimming which resulting in quadriplegia. Vicki benefited greatly from peer-mentoring programs during her rehabilitation, but her parents found that there was a lack of similar programs for the family members of those suffering from spinal cord injuries. It was that lack that motivating them to start the site, including the blog, which addresses the questions and concerns of family members.