Kiesha-MRecording Progress and Positivity
A wayward moose on a late-night Alberta, Canada, road in November 2013 may have been the cause of Kiesha Mastrodimos’ C6-7 quadriplegia, but where she has taken her life since then is a much more worthy story. Despite being only 17 at the time, she embarked on her journey fearlessly and continues to persevere.

“My accident happened when I was in my senior year of high school,” she says. “Afterward, I did all my schoolwork in the hospital so I could graduate with my friends and receive my diploma. I also taught myself how to use a computer and write again.” Most recently, Mastrodimos has been accepted into college and has her eyes on a journalism degree.

But academics weren’t the only area she put impressive effort into post-injury. She also worked her butt off in therapy and wanted to share her progress with family and friends; hence, the birth of her YouTube channel as well as “Kiesha’s Road to Recovery,” a Facebook group that spreads the word.

“I started making videos because when I was in the accident that’s how my mom and I found other people, and it gave us motivation to keep striving, so I hope to do the same,” she says. So far she has made nearly 50 videos sharing her struggles and joys since her injury, ranging from “Wheeling a Tilt-in-Space Wheelchair” to the lighter side — “My Talent: Downing a Full Glass of Water in Seconds.”

Motivational speaking is also one of her goals. By the time you read this, she will have given her first speech at the center where she did