Welcome to the blog page for the North Texas Chapter of United Spinal! My name is Joe Groh, and I am a C4 complete spinal cord injury veteran, 10 years post injury. My injury was the result of a freak bicycle accident that occurred during an aerobic ride. Thanks to the magic of technology, I am able to serve as host for this new blog site that belongs to everyone at North Texas United Spinal.
In the coming weeks, we plan to roll out content series as described below. We hope you will identify with it and share your stories. The blogs we will write about and elicit your input for include the following themes.
Slice of Life
Having a spinal cord injury puts us in a special class of people, and because we are special, we have unique experiences in life that most people don't. As of 2015, there are approximately 337,000 people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury, which literally makes us one in 1000. This blog is a place where you can share your story, your special experience, in a way that is witty, informational, poignant… perhaps even inspirational. Let’s share our stories with each other, and we’ll find we have more in common than we think.
Best Of Series
Have you ever had an exceptional experience and wanted to share it with others like yourself? We all have, and now we have a place to share it. Whether it’s that doctor specialist that you found exceptionally knowledgeable and caring, a public place that had exceptional access, or a product that makes your life much easier, let’s share this knowledge with each other. As they say, “a rising tide lifts all boats,” so let this column be a rising tide for all of us in the spinal cord community.
Ask This Old Quad
Almost everyone reading this blog will either have a spinal cord injury, are living with someone who has a spinal cord injury, or are caring for someone with a spinal cord injury. Noticeably absent when we all left rehab was the instruction manual for dealing with the myriad of situations we would find ourselves in. Since nature abhors a vacuum, we have all developed tricks of the trade that we believe would be of value to others – if there was only a means to communicate them. Now there is! That is the purpose of this blog.
If you have ideas for other content themes, please share them. We would like to see this become an indispensable part of your experience with North Texas United Spinal.