Michael FranzEarly on after my injury, I faced a dilemma. My main caregiver was about to go on maternity leave, and her replacement had shaky hands. That mattered because at the time I had grown used to shaving with a traditional razor, and I still needed help shaving.

I realized that I had to choose between risking daily injuries to my face or finding a way to shave independently. I searched high and low for a suitable electric razor and sought advice on the pre-Facebook spinal cord injury internet groups. After much trial and error, I figured out how to attach a plastic hook to an electric razor and shave without assistance. I was proud of myself, as it was the first time I’d found a combination of products that improved my quality of life.