Independence

posted on April 1, 2009 - 4:34pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
While I lay on a plinth, a Swiss doctor gestured that I should lift up my left leg. He bear-hugged my leg and resisted its elevation with his full body weight. He grunted as he fought my movement. He wasn’t the only person prodding and inspecting me. A team of doctors, biokineticists and physiotherapists surrounded me. It was like the United Nations of medics. Besides the Swiss doctor, there was...

Tools and techniques can make mealtime manageable

posted on May 1, 2007 - 2:15pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
Matt and Terra Messmer of Tucson, Ariz., enjoy an evening at a favorite restaurant. Photo by Rick Peterson

A 50-year-old with DMD escapes his nursing home via the Internet, thanks to a friend with SMA

posted on January 2, 2009 - 1:40pm
Dale Dulaney travels the World Wide Web via a mouth-controlled computer obtained by his friend Karen Wheeler, who also has a neuromuscular disease.
posted on September 1, 2007 - 11:54am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 5
Three times I broke my right foot. Three times in the same place — directly below my big toe. Strangers would ask why I was on crutches and wearing a cast, and I concocted elaborate stories to explain my temporary impairment. “Skiing, over the holidays,” I’d say. “Car accident. The vehicle was totaled so a broken foot is a minor inconvenience.” “Dancing. My partner has two left feet.”

A former expert skier now schusses the slopes on a bi-ski

posted on March 19, 2009 - 9:00pm
Learning that Gregg Kuersteiner snow-skis black diamond (expert) slopes at high speed doesn’t seem unusual until you see the rig he skis on. Kuersteiner, 47, began skiing at age 2 every weekend of the season in his native upstate New York, under the tutelage of his father, a ski school instructor. He became an expert skier at an early age, and raced on the giant slalom team in high school.
posted on September 1, 2008 - 2:47pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
A couple years ago, my folks and I were taking a walk around the block when a neighbor spotted me in my newest wheelchair and said, “Hey, Mike, I like your new black Caddie!” Caddie? Caddie? It’s a good thing I couldn’t raise a fist, because these were fighting words! I said, “Hey, I’m a Ford man, like my Dad! What we have here is a Mustang, just like the one Steve McQueen drove in ‘Bullitt.’”
posted on November 1, 2008 - 10:21am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
It was 5 o’clock on a weekday afternoon. I was sitting on the corner of Montrose, a five-lane thoroughfare through downtown Houston, and Sul Ross, a little cross street between West Alabama and Richmond. The class I was taking at the University of St. Thomas had ended for the day, and I was waiting for my faithfully late METRO bus.

Tips to strengthen your case for coverage of power mobility devices

posted on November 1, 2008 - 10:24am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
Getting insurance coverage for a power wheelchair shouldn’t be a struggle. But Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance denials are not uncommon, especially when high-tech features like tilt-and-recline, seat elevators, power leg lifts and standing features are added. But as the sports experts often say, a strong defense wins championships.

Emily Munson, who has SMA, is a veritable Superwoman

posted on May 14, 2009 - 10:09am
People who know Emily Munson aren’t surprised to learn that the savvy 24-year-old just happily added yet another activity to a plate that’s already brimming full.

Former Ms. Wheelchair Maryland will expand opportunities for people with disabilities

posted on May 7, 2009 - 2:02pm
Right out of high school, Denise Thomas began volunteering to help people with disabilities find employment. Now, nearly two decades later, she’s more involved with helping than ever, and she’s become a familiar face to Washington-area residents and a force for good in the nation's capital.