Congratulations to the following readers, whose submissions were selected for publication in response to NEW MOBILITY’s call for stories about how NM made a difference in their lives.

From Spinal Network to New Mobility

Remi-&-Susan-by-Nancy-8_16By Susan Scofield

I rolled a postal Jeep in August of 1989, spent six weeks in the hospital and finally landed in Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center (Fishersville, Va.) in October as a newly minted crip of the T12 variety. It was a culture shock to say the least for this young, white woman with middle-class roots. I kept finding ways to avoid everyone while being as polite as possible. I was the oldest at 27 and it seems I only had one thing in common with the kids in rehab, and that was a brand new wheelchair. Turns out that one common denominator was a pretty big deal.

One day in physical therapy during my four-month stay at WWRC (no, this is not a typo — we really did get to stay that long back then), I was waiting for my turn on the parallel bars, and I rolled over to a table where a stack of magazines had just been placed. I looked past the clinical-sounding title of SPINAL NETWORK EXTRA, and flipped through pages filled with young folks in chairs just like myself, and articles that I wanted to read. Little did I know that this was the first issue of the best disability mag written to date. Turns out, SPINAL NETWORK EXTRA/NEW MOBILITY is the same age as my disabled life. How cool is that?