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Voice of Hope | 7.6.15

What To Expect During A Pre-Transplant Assessment

Transplant care teams give living donors and transplant candidates psychosocial assessments to determine whether or not they are ready to move forward. Here are answers to your burning questions about pre-transplant assessments from Laurie McDonald, a clinical social worker and case manager for the UNC Center for Transplant Care. Why do transplant candidates need to […]

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Voice of Hope | 6.29.15

A Bolt Out Of The Blue: Ethan’s Story

For the friends and family of Ethan Kadish, the phrase “a bolt out of the blue” is much more than an expression. It’s a description of a day that changed their lives forever. Ethan was an all-American student who loved hitting home runs and performing in the school play. In June of 2013, Ethan was […]

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Voice of Hope | 6.15.15

How Creating Art Can Help Your Recovery

Art can be a career, a therapeutic exercise, a stress reliever, a way to connect with loved ones or a healthy dose of ‘me-time’ in the midst of a hectic schedule. In this post, artists identify the health benefits of creativity and explain how you can get involved in art, starting today. HelpHOPELive client Gail […]

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Voice of Hope | 5.27.15

Best-Ever Advice After A Spinal Cord Injury

We asked four HelpHOPELive clients to answer a single question.The result is a series of powerful insights for anyone who is struggling to keep moving forward after a debilitating injury. “The journey gets easier over time. The first few years are the hardest post-injury, when you are trying to adjust to your body’s physical changes […]

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Voice of Hope | 5.18.15

What Can Spinal Cord Injury Therapy Do For Me?

As Mobility Awareness Month continues, we look at how physical therapy can help to boost your body and mind following a spinal cord injury. Robert Mudge became a C5/C6 quadriplegic after an accident in 2001. Physical therapy and adaptive athletics have helped Robert to maintain a positive mindset and keep his body strong. Robert, did […]

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Voice of Hope | 5.18.15

Pursuing Your Passions After A Spinal Cord Injury

In honor of Mobility Awareness Month, we are exploring how a spinal cord injury can impact your passions and your perspective on life. Kirk Williams is an avid explorer who sustained a C5 spinal cord injury in a mountain biking accident in 2009. Kirk continues to seek out new experiences and stretch his limits every […]

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Voice of Hope | 5.4.15

No Limitations: Equestrian Vaulting

We spoke to Alanna Flax-Clark, a paraequestrian who competes in equestrian vaulting and shows in paradressage events. In 2008, Alanna contracted an infection that rapidly destroyed her ability to walk. For Alanna, hippotherapy was an introduction to the immersive world of adaptive athletics. “Sports like equestrian vaulting and dressage have played a big role for […]

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