Archive | March, 2014

Four years after she was told she would never walk again, Amy Paradis takes her first steps with the help of a bionic exoskeleton

25 Mar

National Post | News

The first thing Amy Paradis did Monday morning was stand up. Then her lip began to tremble and she cried, and then her Mom and her trainer and everybody else in the room cried. They just broke right down. Sobbing. Heaving. Leaking out tears of crazy joy and wonder and relief and, well, wouldn’t you know it — simply standing on her own two feet and crying her eyes out wasn’t good enough for Amy Paradis.

So she took a step. Then another, and 336 in total over the next several hours, once the tears had dried, so that by the end of it all she was utterly, achingly, mentally and physically exhausted. Too wiped out to even lift her head off the table to speak with me, much, when I called her up in Windsor, N.S., at Footprints SCI-Recovery, the not-for-profit spinal cord recovery centre she co-founded and runs with…

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Chris Hadfield on risk and reward

24 Mar

Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life).

And yet, nothing in my 37 years of flying experience helped me prepare for the situation that led to the accident that injured my spinal cord. I wonder, was I  a good student during all those years?





Cold Amazon

24 Mar

Not Your Average Joe

17 Mar

One man’s thoughts on getting past a spinal cord injury.



In search of the man who broke my neck

17 Mar

In this TED talk, journalist Josh Prager examines catastrophe, destiny, forgiveness and closure. Have you had a similar experience? Is forgiving yourself different from forgiving someone else?


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My Exercise Log

14 Mar

I am logging all of my FES bike rides using the Strava application on my phone – well only the most recent ones so far (I am slowly getting around to the older ones). Here’s a summary of my progress:

For the latest week, click on the image below:

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my latest week’s activities (not just March)

For a summary of all my activities, see here.


Accessible Housing

10 Mar

Here’s a short video about my home, Fourth Dimension, and other Accessible Housing Society residences.