May 14, 2014 marked six months since my bike accident in which I landed on my head and broke my neck and back in multiple places (plus ribs, left scapula, right ankle). The accident not only changed my body but also my outlook, priorities and just about every facet of my life. Below is an update on my progress, some challenges, and victories (even those that are a little embarrassing).

To set the stage for where I am today, 6 1/2 months later, this shot shows an exciting milestone on December 28. I could lift my body in the wheelchair!

Triceps lift in wheelchair - milestone as of 12/18/13
Triceps lift in wheelchair – milestone as of 12/18/13

Just about every muscle in my body atrophied from the paralysis.  That “turtle shell” (with neck brace) was necessary every time I got out of bed for 3 months. It took 5 months before I was completely weaned off that white plastic shell.

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Laura Lippay Paints Panda & Penguin for eBay Auction for my Recovery

April 20, 2014 Personal
Bloody Panda Artwork for Auction

Laura Lippay painted a Bloody Panda and a Bloody Penguin on wood for auction on eBay on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 9:00am PST. Proceeds will go to my recovery fund. WOW! What does someone say or even think? I cried! I’m astounded at all her effort and her creativity!! I’m deeply touched to receive such altruistic love!!! The panda [...]

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Journaling My Cycling Accident And Recovery

February 9, 2014 Personal
Journaling My Cycling Accident And Recovery

The following is a personal journal entry from February 1, 2014 after I decided to document the first few weeks of my cycling accident and recovery. While in the hospital for 2 months, I captured voice notes. My ongoing rehabilitation is going to take a while, and I’m now voice recording into Evernote to capture my [...]

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