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Family Matters: Expectations and Real Life

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When I met my husband, Stephen, in 1994, he was already 10 years post-injury, so navigating the world in a wheelchair was not something new. The idea of falling in love, getting married and having [...]

Family Matters: In Sickness and In Health

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I never asked the doctors if I would walk again. I already knew the answer. I knew the moment it happened. I was paralyzed in a car wreck on September 12, 1999. I was 18 [...]

Family Matters: Letting Others In

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By Dana Brown Ritter My husband Michael and I have been married for two and a half years, and we are in the middle of a big adjustment. Of course there are all of the [...]

Disability and Adoption: Building a Family

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Going through the process of adopting isn’t easy, whether you have a disability or not. On top of cost and time, would-be parents with disabilities can face a number of obstacles, including discrimination and prejudice. But fear not, people with disabilities are succeeding in adoption and figuring out ways to turn their disabilities into advantages.

A Chapter Becomes Family

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NSCIA’s Oklahoma City Chapter Helps a Family Adjust to Life After SCI

As the director of NeuroResources Outreach, an Oklahoma City-based rehab and outreach center that’s also the local chapter of NSCIA, Teresa Tisdell is used to getting phone calls from case managers and social workers frantically trying to find help for their recently-paralyzed clients. Whether someone has no place to go, no resources to rely on or no training for their new lifestyle, Tisdell is used to finding a way to make the seemingly impossible possible. Yet the phone call she received from a case manager in Arizona last summer left her slightly stunned.

Family Matters: Our Story (And We’re Sticking to It)

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I’ve only dropped Darren three times since we’ve been married. That’s an average of once per year. That’s not bad considering I’m 5-foot-4 (well, almost) and he’s just over 6-2 and weighs about 90 pounds more than I do. Lucky for me, he thinks it’s a part of my charm.

Family Matters: A New Blueprint

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Neurosurgeons whisked Chris off to the operating room to decompress and fuse his spine. Despite familiar faces around the waiting room, I felt like a ship lost at sea. What I didn’t know was that [...]