Guest Posted for Invacare's SCI blog, Roll Revolution

One of the necessary evils of being a writer is to engage in "shameless self-promotion." But, as someone who survived a spinal cord injury (SCI), and experienced a significant recovery, I've always been forward to sharing my story(ies).

Recently, Invacare, a leader in the medical equipment industry (especially pertinent for people with SCI) started a blog called Roll Revolution. It focuses on helping people deal with SCI.

And, they asked me to write a guest post for the blog. Needless to say, I was stoked. But I am more stoked that they decided to use the post I submitted.

Of course, this is a plug for the post I wrote, but I encourage people to check out the blog. It's still early, but the blog posts so far are really useful, and I think and hope it will mature int a great site.

Please check out my post called "Inspiration as a by product."

3 comments

  • Dv
    Dv Ohio
    I cannot believe how similar my sci is going compared to you. I was laying in a hospital bed trying to move my toes and so frustrated. My big toe started moving just now. I was researching sci in the rehab stay and hoopla electronic library had your book...it really inspired me and I am reading again now 1.5 months later and I cannot believe your story...the bladder issues are better for me but thank you for writing this.

    I cannot believe how similar my sci is going compared to you. I was laying in a hospital bed trying to move my toes and so frustrated. My big toe started moving just now. I was researching sci in the rehab stay and hoopla electronic library had your book...it really inspired me and I am reading again now 1.5 months later and I cannot believe your story...the bladder issues are better for me but thank you for writing this.

  • Steve Fujita
    Steve Fujita
    DV - Thank you so much for your comments! One of the reasons I wrote the book is that I wanted to provide a reference for people who might go through something similar to me. I am happy you've found it inspirational. It's been nine years for me, and six years since the book was published, so here's an update, I still haven't run a 10K, or a 5K for that matter. Part of this is that I lost my motivation after I started walking "satisfactorily," but some of it is also due to me being afraid to over-exert myself and experiencing Autonomic dysreflexia. But that fear has again subsided over the past couple of years and will start thinking about it again. From around 2015 - 2017, I experienced about three symptomatic bladder infections, which I believe damaged my kidneys. The doctors determined that my bladder was returning urine back to the kidney. So, I have been catheterizing again since then and between 2017 - 2019, I had botox injections into the bladder. My kidneys are currently stable. Though not always successful, I am mindful of trying to eat more vegetables. As for supplements, I still tinker with those, and though expensive, I currently drink two servings of hydrogen infused water a day. I recently read a book titled "Radical Remission," buy Kelly Turner. Though it is about cancer patients, I think it applies to anybody with issues, and honestly, I think it can serve as a guideline on how to approach living. I applied a few of the strategies myself during my recovery, such as humor, and goal setting. Though not in this book, she also added "exercise" as a factor in a sequel book, titled, "Radical Hope." Again, thank you very much for your comments. I wish you the best in your recovery.

    DV - Thank you so much for your comments! One of the reasons I wrote the book is that I wanted to provide a reference for people who might go through something similar to me. I am happy you've found it inspirational. It's been nine years for me, and six years since the book was published, so here's an update, I still haven't run a 10K, or a 5K for that matter. Part of this is that I lost my motivation after I started walking "satisfactorily," but some of it is also due to me being afraid to over-exert myself and experiencing Autonomic dysreflexia. But that fear has again subsided over the past couple of years and will start thinking about it again. From around 2015 - 2017, I experienced about three symptomatic bladder infections, which I believe damaged my kidneys. The doctors determined that my bladder was returning urine back to the kidney. So, I have been catheterizing again since then and between 2017 - 2019, I had botox injections into the bladder. My kidneys are currently stable. Though not always successful, I am mindful of trying to eat more vegetables. As for supplements, I still tinker with those, and though expensive, I currently drink two servings of hydrogen infused water a day.

    I recently read a book titled "Radical Remission," buy Kelly Turner. Though it is about cancer patients, I think it applies to anybody with issues, and honestly, I think it can serve as a guideline on how to approach living. I applied a few of the strategies myself during my recovery, such as humor, and goal setting. Though not in this book, she also added "exercise" as a factor in a sequel book, titled, "Radical Hope."

    Again, thank you very much for your comments. I wish you the best in your recovery.

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