November 2005 Table of Contents


You & the Flu

People with spinal-cord injury or multiple sclerosis and their immediate caregivers are at high risk for complications.

Marriage, & SCI

Most research describes recovery and complications in people with spinal-cord injury (SCI). But what about people married to someone with SCI?

Managing Incontinence

Once a cause of isolation and embarrassment, incontinence does not have to limit quality of life.

Our Heroes in Uniform

On Veterans Day, November 11, the nation pauses to reflect on and salute the men and women who have served—and are serving—their country with honor and sacrifice. Here's how one community has shown respect and gratitude for World War II vets.

Action in Omaha

During its 59 years, PVA has helped more than just veterans. The annual convention is a review of the past year's efforts as well as a planning session for continued successes in the disability community.

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Reasons & Remarks

What went on outside the meeting rooms at PVA's annual convention? Editor Cliff Crase fills readers in on "the rest of the story."

Around the House

Where to find the information you need about residential elevators, and news about a book that shares tips, resources, and educational pieces to guide homeowners in making their homes accessible.

Diagnosis MS

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society highlights four vital research-project areas targeted for fund-raising in its Promise 2010 campaign.

Fish Tales

The last stop on the 2005 PVA Bass Tour, a BASS Sanctioned Event, was the Ozark Angle Bass Tournament, held in Missouri. Get a look at the big fish and the anglers who hooked them in this month's Fish Tales.


Contributor David Fairchild describes "the thrill of the hunt" experienced by his friend, Ray Desmarais. Injured in a shooting accident that left him quadriplegic, Desmarais was an avid bow hunter who has discovered that crossbow hunting can be every bit as challenging and exhilarating.

Living Well

Have you ever been asked what kind of pain you are having—or to describe it? Contributor Judith Elmore, B.S., C.R.R.N., C.C.M., defines the various types of pain and how you may experience them.

Mobility and More

Information about a force-sensing joystick that requires no range of motion, and a removable-changeable wheelchair grip-ring cover made from fabrics or leatherette.

Money Talks

Columnist and financial advisor Daniel C. Jones shares ten facts you should know about Social Security, and a test to help you determine whether you will be able to afford nursing-home care.


Bits and blurbs on: the recent conference of the Therapy Leadership Council in SCI, the PVA Educational Scholarship Program award recipients, and a company that has created a line of clothing for men, women, and children with special needs.

On the Job

Could a "virtual business" provide the income you need? Explore the options. There's also some bad news from a report on representation of performers with disabilities in the entertainment industry.

People in the News

Profiles of Catriona Williams (on this month's cover)—who proves one person can make a difference—and outstanding athlete and volunteer John Tuzzolino.

Sexuality and SCI

Although spinal-cord injury can have a profound effect on sexual functioning, other medical conditions—such as diabetes—can further complicate your ability to be sexually active. Columnist Stanley Ducharme, Ph.D., explains how—and offers some tips on what you can do about it.

Sports and Recreation

Events covered in this month's Sports and Recreation include bowling, trapshooting (Sioux Falls, San Diego events and Ohio's Grand American World Trapshooting Tournament), and hunting. If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS N SPOKES. For a preview, click here.

Travel Tips

This month, columnist Carol Randall alerts readers to a wheelchair-accessible Jamaican getaway, and an access-rating guide to New Hampshire restaurants.

Veteran Advisor

PVA National Service Officer Anthony Steele answers this month's question about establishing entitlement to service-connection benefits.

Weight Matters

In this ninth in a series of articles adapted from EatRight Home-Based Weight Management Program for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, contributor Suzanne Henson, M.S., R.D., advises readers how to eat well?and wisely?while eating out. A list of healthier food choices is included.

PVA President's Message

Paralyzed Veterans of America President Randy L. Pleva Sr. reflects on the real meaning of Veterans Day and on his organization's recent annual convention. "We are back to our roots and mission," says Pleva, "and together there is no stopping us. We can move mountains, and we will."

And Finally...

Richard Miller shares his views on the art of being disabled. "People have a natural curiosity," he says, "and we who have disabilities are fortunate to have the opportunity to quench that thirst and make a new friend or two in the process."

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