My name is John McAleavey, and on August 19, 1992 I suffered a Central Cord Syndrome injury to my cervical spine at the C-3/4 level following a fall down my basement steps. I was told early on that no two SCI’s are the same, and while that may be true, many of the struggles we're left with are. So let's talk about them. The QuadCast Podcast is mainly aimed at the disabled community, but is really for ￼ANYONE looking to be inspired. You'll hear from fellow SCI'ers, to highlight their personal stories of struggle and triumph, doctors, therapists, and others who work on behalf of our community to share any new developments or breakthroughs in the fight. I hope that by talking/sharing/commiserating/LAUGHING, we will fully understand that no one is alone in this. Think of the QuadCast as a 30 to 45 minute session of OT/PT for the soul!
S2 E2 Francesco Clark - Finally Comfortable In His Own Skin Again...
Francesco Clark was 24 years old and his life was coming together when a diving accident left him paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Initially told he would never breathe on his own again or move anything from the injury site down, depression set in. It was not until Christopher Reeve passed away (3 years later) that he decided to take his life back.
Around the same time, frustrated and unable to find cosmetics to combat skin conditions brought on by his SCI, Francesco, and his father (a doctor trained in homeopathic healing) began experimenting with different oils in their kitchen. Following years of work, the Clark’s Botanicals Skincare line was born. It is now extremely popular, used by the likes of Madonna, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore in fact. Francesco joins me today on The QuadCast to discuss, among other things, his accident, his work with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and ultimately how he is now “comfortable in his own skin” again. He has also very kindly offered my listeners a 25% discount on all of his products; by using the promo code The QuadCast 25 on his website: clarksbotanicals.com.
S2 E1 Living Lucky With Jana Shelfer
Jana Shelfer is an inspiration! From entertainment to public speaking engagements, she inspires people to live their best lives through love, light, and laughter. Along with her husband Jason they have created their own YouTube channel, the Living Lucky Podcast, and a daily morning show on Facebook called Fun Day (think Regis and Kathie Lee but with huge mugs of coffee - ha ha).
I was thrilled that she carved some time out of her busy schedule to join me on this week's QuadCast. From the small town roads of Kansas to 3 consecutive Olympic Games as a Paralympic athlete (Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens), to social media Dynamo with her husband, we talk about it all right here. Thanks Jana, I look forward to joining you on Living Lucky one of these days my friend! :-)
S1 E23 Hi - Ho Hi - Ho It's Off To Work I Go With Kristen Russell
Hi - Ho Hi - Ho It's Off To Work I Go! On this week's QuadCast, my guest is Kristen Russell, an assistive technology specialist here in New Jersey. Kristen has been devising game plans for folks in the disabled community return to work for over 14 years, and her guidance has been instrumental in my reentry.
S1 E22 Charles Fleisher - The Opportunities Guy
In The Secret of Difficulties, 4 Steps To Turn Tragedies Into Opportunities, Charles Fleisher shares what he's learned about taking challenging situations and turning them into just that... opportunities! He chronicles remarkable stories of individuals from different walks of life, who found them when they wouldn't have, had they not decided to overcome their daunting circumstances.
Charles, who on October 10, 1988, was a passenger in a car that was traveling over 100 miles an hour to elude a New Jersey State Trooper, was left with a permanent spinal cord injury when it subsequently crashed. Today he is a highly experienced speaker, and entrepreneur, who has spoken to over 50,000 people during his career.
This week, the "Opportunities Guy", is our guest on The QuadCast. I hope you take the "Opportunity" to listen to the conversation.
S1 E21 - Jenny Smith Rolls On
Jenny Smith gravitated to gymnastics as a young girl. Little did she know that at age 16, the roundoff back handspring layout she attempted to do on wet grass, would end up in tragedy.
However, the C6-7 spinal cord injury, which left her wheelchair bound, does not define her. Following high school, college (University of Louisville), graduate school, and beginning a career, Jenny launched www.jennysmithrollson.com, an amazing website she says: "provides education, practical solutions, resources, and hope so people can live full and productive lives."
Jenny is a speaker, writer, YouTuber, and tremendous advocate for the SCI community. I was thrilled and am thankful that she carved out some time to join me on this week's episode of The QuadCast!
S1 E20 HE IS - Adam Taliaferro
I had the pleasure of speaking with Adam Taliaferro for this week's QuadCast. Adam was injured in 2000 making a tackle for Penn State against Ohio State at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio. Paralyzed from the neck down initially, he not only got back on his feet within a year of his injury but he finished school, and then went on to Rutgers Law School. Today Adam is also a member of the New Jersey Assembly. I have admired him from afar for many years, so it was an honor getting to know this spinal cord injury survivor and thriver!
PSU grads like to say "WE ARE… Penn State!" Well, "HE IS… Adam Taliaferro", and here is our conversation.
Jenny is awesome!
The Quadcast delivers!
This podcast surprised me, wow, John does such an amazing job interviewing and keeping the conversation moving and inspiring those with mobility challenges and those without them. Subscribed, keep creating.
Amazing and inspiring messages from the heart!
This podcast is a must listen for all! A pervasive and beautifully articulated message throughout all episodes. A great vehicle for everyone to look within themselves and to understand and experience the true meaning of gratitude.