How’s it going? Dry Jan? Veganuary? Some other elaborate course of post-Christmas denial-based self-punishment?
I’m kidding, but here’s a opportunity for everyone to do something meaningful to them AND help find a cure for #spinalcordinjury paralysis.
Last year I, and scores of others, took on our own #WfL100Challenge. Check it out!
In my case it was a 100-mile static-cycle; 100 days of damn hard work ahead of an epic 5+ hour ride at #RedBull. We smashed it and had a great time whilst raising significant cash for #WingsForLife.
This year I’m keen to build on that momentum by helping activate others to develop and tackle their own 100% Challenge charitable events... with a twist.
This challenge has just two rules:
1) You must pick something that genuinely challenges you and whatever it is give 100% to achieving that goal. Solo or together. Get creative!
2) 100% of funds raised are donated to Wings for Life (Spinal Cord Injury Foundation)* The twist? Oh yeah!
I’ll pick one and join you on the day to take on your 100% Challenge alongside you! *WfL channel 100% of all donations into cutting edge global research and clinical trials into finding a cure for #SCI.
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spinal cord injury is SUCH a complex diagnosis; every injury is unique. one battle some sci fight that is near to invisible to others is muscle spasms and tone. .
muscle tone is where the body tightens and sometimes even an able body can not straighten out my leg. my body goes completely stiff and unmovable in the affected area until the tone wears off. (the beginning of this video is an example) think of a charlie horse throughout an entire limb. .
muscle spasms are just like the ones any other person could experience but on a whole different level. consider the twitch you may get in your eye- but imagine that twitch affecting an entire limb on your body.
at any point my muscles can decide they don’t like how i’m sitting or positioned and they can jarr my core back and forth, cause my hands to clench and my legs to shake and twitch. i once was thrown off my couch because of a spasm. .
not all spinal cord injuries have these issues, but ive talked to many whom experienced it- like me, and it can easily send you to a point of desperation. it’s painful, frustrating, exhausting, and mind consuming.
without my core or arms being fully functional, i am just now (after two years and a baclofen pump later) able to start practicing leg management. even with the pump (that injects anti spasmal/tone medicine into my spinal cord directly) i still have days that my own body fights me trying to move it, and it is very painful. .
the baclofen pump is the last thing i wanted— but it has truly saved my quality of life, and given me A LOT of independence game. .
i am sharing this because i want to be real and vulnerable about this injury and what happens behind closed doors.
awareness is vital in making sure those that ever come to a point of desperation, can find others who are going through or have gone through it. .
i also say this as a reminder, even for myself: everyone is fighting a battle that others know nothing about.
You can be fat and fit.
Health numbers are used as markers of fitness? No. They are markers of a body's current ability to deal with its present condition. This is not 'fitness.' A definition of fitness is:
Physical fitness is a state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations and daily activities. Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise, and sufficient rest.
An overweight/obese person who can not go up a flight or two of stairs and continue on without experiencing fatigue, is not fit. Being unable to comfortably get dressed, carry items, engage in activities, or walk at a community level speed without issue; is not fit.
The studies have been done and the results are undeniable. The higher percentages of health issues as obesity continues is documented. The obesity pandemic has reached a crescendo never before seen. Even the World Health Organization is warning of the dangers and need to arrest the obesity problem.
Now is the time for change. First, heads must be pulled from the sand of fat acceptance. Any program to change requires the removal of denial. Second, education must happen because there is an obvious ignorance of proper nutritional information. Third, support for change and the people making it.
The. Time. Is. Now.
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Because green stuff can just be so interesting when you are 18 months old. 🍀🍀🍀 My daughter claims this was the day she found a four leaf clover - wishful thinking 🤔. Anyway, I love this photo but it's a reminder of how quickly your kids grow up. This munchkin is now 13. The hair is still fabulous but no longer blond and curly. .
This was taken over 10 years ago in the Botanic Gardens in Singapore. We lived in Asia for 14 years, 10 in Singapore and 4 in Shanghai. Both my kids were born in Singapore and for a while it felt like home. Except it never really was because for all of the excitement and adventure that expat life offers, you are never really grounded anywhere. Works for some and we had a blast. But when the 💩 hits the fan, as it usually does at some point and did quite spectacularly for us, what I needed was a place that felt more more steady, more real. So here we are back in the UK and it feels good - and very, very green. 🌲🌳🌱🌿🍃 .
Posting this as part of the 🌈 #bluemondayrainbow 🌈 challenge by @thisiswisstoo to banish the #januaryblues. Today's colour is green. It's a great idea and not too late to join in. And even if you don't want to, take a look at the hashtag to bring some colour into your January. .
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I’m currently weaning off my anti depressant sertraline. I’ve been doing a full tablet then a half tablet, but since I’m feeling stable, I’ve decided to finally drop to half a tablet a day. I have noticed quite a lot of differences being on only half, everything kinda seems clearer, but I also feel more sensitive to my surroundings and slightly more vulnerable in a weird way, all of a sudden my feelings are a bit more prevalent. It’s amazing how scientists came up with tablets that even everything out. It’s obviously been working for me. If I do notice any bad effects I will have to go back up to a full one then half, but I’m gonna see how I am, and try balance my feelings with exercise to get some more endorphins! Im going to do a video about access to gyms so look out! ♿️❤️💪 #girl#hoodie#lipstick#makeup#paralysed#wheelchair#wheelchairselfie#disabled#brunette#blueeyes#disability#makeup#bodypositivity#wheelchairmodel#woman#love#spinalcordinjury
دوست خوبم احسان ابوطالبی سال 85 در تصادف رانندگی از ناحیه T6-T7 دچار آسیب نخاعی شده و هیچگونه حس و حرکتی در پاها نداره که خوشبختانه با پروتز پاراواک لذت ایستادن دوباره روی پاهای خودش رو تجربه کرد.
امیدوارم روز به روز عالی تر بشی
You may not have Diabetes right NOW. You may not have Heart Disease CURRENTLY. You may not have Cancer THIS MINUTE. Continue to not eat properly and see what happens. (Enjoy those healthcare bills.) Need help? #askmehow#NASARM
🧠 2 Simple Ways to Calm A Sensitive Nervous System & Promote Healing 🧠
1️⃣Remove yourself from negativity that makes you feel worse about your condition. When you feel vulnerable is certainly not the time to be reading this information. Approach everything you read with a grain of salt. This includes online forums, anecdotal horror stories, obsessively researching your condition, wacky treatment methods etc. Ask questions and do some research first before you decide to try any new products.
2️⃣Repeat positive affirmations (short but powerful statements) daily about your health and well-being. Affirmations work because they send out a message to our reticular activation system (a filter that lets in information we need, and filters out information we don’t) that this is a priority for you. The RAS recognizes the importance of your message, and essentially speeds up your creativity in order to make your statement a reality. Affirmations also increase endorphins, the natural ‘feel-good’ chemicals released by our brains. .
For more mindset and Scoliosis, check the link in my bio ⬆️
5 613 hours ago
Magical Cockle Creek. We found a shady spot, brought cups of tea and our books onto the beach and read for hours. Bliss. I discovered later that you can get burnt in the shade. The little UV buggers bounce off the sand, the water, and the clouds. I have not been blessed with melanin, not even a little bit, so lounging on the beach has never been a favourite past time of mine. My childhood beach memories consist of sunburn, suncream in my eyes, sandy watermelon and a long waddle to the train station with painful chub rub. I’m trying to make some new joyful beach memories that don’t involve sunburn, but every time I get in the water I see a film of suncream sitting on the surface. I would love to find a reef friendly suncream that actually works. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Not too many people i know get fully tested both physically but emotionally in life jonny , But we have both been threw some ruff times man, not always together. But for now we can both have a smile at each stage threw it & into that bright future. Thank you for walking back into my life when i needed that real brotherhood again. You know how much it means to me 🤙🏼🙏🏻❤️💪🏼. Now get better get that stomach empty and get the fuck out of there so we can start ticking off some goals & making more memory's ! Here's to B1 & B2 who can both get knocked down but will always get back up 🤙🏼💪🏼 you're a champion B1 #keepmoving#spinalcordinjury#spine#spinesurgery#keepmoving#strong#mates#sore#pain#sucks
0 285 hours ago
I will donate all revenues of my book to the advancement of exoskeletons!
On a recent journey to Japan, I had the big pleasure to meet with pioneers in the exciting field of exoskeletons. This evolving technology will one day, hopefully enable millions of people to regain independence and a high quality of life, which they might have lost due to aging, disease or first and foremost tragic accidents resulting in an injury of the spinal cord.
Being able to walk is the cornerstone and fundament of health. Something most of us take for granted, yet wasting this precious gift sitting down whenever we can. Therefore I will donate all revenues of my book “Death by Sitting” to the advancement of research into exoskeletons.
What are exoskeletons, who needs them and why?
Exoskeletons are a new generation of assistive devices that have the potential to provide both, training capabilities and functional compensation, to enhance human mobility. These devices allow for the compensation of lost physical capabilities by directly supporting the functional tasks with propulsion, weight support, or balance support. Thus, they have the potential to increase a user’s functional capacity to levels that equal unimpaired young individuals or even to augment functional capabilities to levels beyond natural human capabilities.
What can we expect?
The technological evolution of exoskeletons allow for optimism. Prices, currently in the range of 65.000 USD per system are likely to decrease as will unit size. Advancements will likely also benefit from military and industrial applications, that aim to augment humans to bear loads beyond normal physiological limits. If you are researcher in exoskeletons with a promising project and reading this, I would appreciate to hear from you. ([email protected])
Introducing the #ownerandfounder of #divaheadwraps ... She was born in bewitching Cape Town, South Africa pre the dismantling of apartheid. In 1980, she emigrated to Australia where she embarked on a much anticipated journey of self-discovery and inner reflection - the result of a toxic racial segregation system. In 1997, while living in Asia, she was stabbed in a basement car park, the brutal attack resulted in a spinal cord injury and paraplegia. This major turning point in her life greatly influenced her stage play which was performed in Asia and New York.
She now lives in Australia. Given her passion for living life to the fullest, she believes in nurturing the mind, body and spirit. You can find her pumping iron at her local gym, swimming to infinity at several pools around Brisbane, checking out the latest in theatre and on the fine art scene, spending time in dark cinemas, and never, never leaves home without a book 📚
She is continuously nurturing her journey of self-discovery armed with wisdom, insight, patience, humility and gratitude to guide her. 💄and 🎥/ @nadiahnfuzion
Being positive doesn't mean pretending everything is okay all the time. It means acknowledging your feelings and realizing that you have the power to overcome any abstacle. It means realizing that although you cannot control your circumstances, you can always see the silver lining.
مثبت اندیش بودن به این معنی نیست که همیشه وانمود کنی همه چی خوبه. مثبت اندیشی یعنی قدردانی از احساساتت و دانستن اینکه برای غلبه بر هر مانعی قدرت داری. یعنی دانستن اینکه گرچه نمی تونی شرایط رو کنترل کنی، ولی همیشهمیتونی روزنه ی امید رو ببینی.
نا امیدان را معادی مقدر نیست
Упражнения с гимнастическими кольцами. TRX workout.
Отличная функциональная нагрузка на руки, корпус и бедра. Особенно хорошо ощущается нагрузка на кор. При работе со стабильными опорами - брусья, упоры для отжиманий, турник - этого ощущения нет.
Особое внимание обращаем на прогиб низа спины - для этих упражнений его нужно уже уметь хоть немного контролировать, не допуская бесконтрольного опасного прогиба!
3 487 hours ago
Sometimes it hurts, A LOT. Both physically and emotionally. I’ve had my spinal cord injury for over two decades. When you have been paralyzed and in a wheelchair for that long, your body is likely to have a few health issues along the way😒
My body has had more than a few due to my spinal cord injury. So many I’ve lost count. And I have a healthy diet and exercise as well as stretch like a yoga instructor. Really, people freak out a little when they see how flexible I am. Yet, I still have had and continue to have new health issues. These are the realities and the reasons why a cure is detrimental. Because for anything and everything I go through, there is someone out there going through it ten times worse.
The videos are from January 3rd. However I just decided to upload them now because I was tired of keeping so much inside. I hate to cry in front of people so I stopped filming in the second video and got it together really quick. I had a doctors appointment this past Monday where I received one of my treatments. That’s the day I knew I was done, tired, in pain and exhausted. And that I would share more and more what it is my body has been going through and how fucking scary it is. Sorry but it felt like if any time was the right time to use the F word🤭, this was it.
Today I was working with a client who is also a dear friend of mine. He was recently injured in a very serious car accident which resulted in a partial paralysis of the muscles of his lower legs and feet.
Recovery from this type of injury is slow and can be very painful. It will have its ups and downs and can make event the strongest person doubt whether they will ever recover completely.
While it is very normal to feel anxious and uncertain about the future, these thoughts can prevent people from actively participating in their own recovery, sapping their energy and shifting their focus away from the progress that they are actually making.
Fortunately for my friend, auricular chromotherapy is extremely effective at addressing these types of anxiety. After a quick treatment he was refocused, relaxed and ready to get back to the work that needs to be done.
Well look what the nurses turned their eye to yesterday 😉 (jk, totally got permission, signed out and had to be back by 8:30). But how special it was for Ash’s first time out of the hospital with his best mates with ONE “very light” beer in hand. Friendships like these don’t come often, but when they don’t let them leave Sydney without a pub feed and schooner. #MoveMountainsForAsh#YTB#spinalcordinjury#recovery
SQUAT vs HINGE.
A squat pattern involves flexion (bending) of both the hip and knee joints. Shown on left.
A hip hinge pattern (right) involves more hip flexion with minimal knee flexion. Think deadlifts, Romanian deadlifts, KB swings here.
Far too often people squat their hip hinge patterns by flexing the knees too much during deadlifts and KB swings.
@rehabscience demonstrates the difference between these two patterns here.
When life gives you a spinal cord injury, walk anyway 😁 ...I’m so excited to finally be recovering from my hip injury and to have the chance to get back on my feet! #spinalcordinjury#recovery#wheelchair
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2 years ago today 1/13/17
There are consequences for everything you do in life. We all fight our own battles every day. Be a good person, and always do the right thing.
I've spent the past 2 years fighting every second of every day to become independent. I take pride in where I started from, to where I am today. I believe in hard work, and it pays off in every aspect of life.
to all the new followers, hello!
i’ve never “introduced myself” on here... and i had a friend recommend that i do, so here goes—
i’m laura. my hubs ( @becksplorers ) rocks [youll see him a lot on here], and i have two crazy fur children i’m obsessed with.
i started this quadstagram because i felt the need to be real and talk about the shit that goes on behind the scenes of life as a quadriplegic by spinal cord injury. i can’t speak for others completely, as every spinal cord injury is so unique— but i can at least shed light on some of the happenings.
my husband and i were your average 26 year olds; trying to find adventure and make enough money to live check-to-check.
the second video of this post (swipe) is 3 hours before i would lose my ablity to walk, give/get a hug standing up, sweat or shiver, use my fingers, core, diaphragm, fully functioning bowels, bladder, etc. .
the 3rd picture shows how i lost those abilities. the roof of the car went into my head crushing my spine and burst fracturing at C6, leaving me paralyzed waist down. my dogs and husband were with me in that jeep and all 3 came out without a scratch🙌🏼.
life has shot us in so many directions since this accident, but we are not letting it take away adventure. last year we sky dove, visited 15 different states, did a triathalon, hiked several times, camped in the wild, laughed till we cried, and made countless memories. .
my hope for this instagram is that as i share my process of grief, and fight for my independence— it reminds others they are not alone. .
i want to candidly share my fight for joy and adventure in the midst of this life changing injury. i personally believe joy is a choice. there will be bad days, but ultimately we get to decide how we respond to what happens in life (aside from those dealing with mental health issues).
thank you for following my journey to shed light, honesty, and humor over the hand life has dealt us.
feel free to ask me questions, request posts showing how i do certain things, or just simply chat about life. .
i hope you all find the power within you to choose joy when it seems life is trying to destroy it.💛