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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!

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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!

    S5 E8 - Let's Talk About Sex, Dating, Relationships And Disability With Dr. Danielle Sheypuk

    S5 E8 - Let's Talk About Sex, Dating, Relationships And Disability With Dr. Danielle Sheypuk

    This week's edition of The QuadCast tackles the very important topics of dating, relationships, sexuality and disability, or three things I know next to nothing about, and one that I have 33 years of experience with. :-)

    Luckily my guest, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. Dr. Sheypuk is widely regarded as a "sexpert" and leading commentator on the psychology of all these topics for people with disabilities. She established a successful and innovative private therapy practice in 2016 that was one of the first to implement “telehealth” as a treatment platform, which she engineered specifically to make it easier for people with disabilities to attend sessions.

    Today she was kind enough to join me here on the QP for one of them. So, with a footnote to Salt-N-Pepa's 1991 hit song: Let's Talk About Sex, dating, relationships and disability!

    • 44 min
    S5 E7 - Making An Indelible Marc - The Marc Buoniconti Interview

    S5 E7 - Making An Indelible Marc - The Marc Buoniconti Interview

    Good things do come to those who wait! When I launched The QuadCast 4 years ago, I had a list of dream guests. High profile folks who didn't know this little engine that could even existed, and yet I held out hope. At the top of that list was Marc Buoniconti, and today he's here! Persistence pays off my friends.

    Following Marc's SCI in 1985, his father Nick set out to conquer paralysis with the same ferocity as he did quarterbacks and ball carriers over his 15-year Hall Of Fame NFL career. It was then that he and world renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Barth Green, came together and founded The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Since then, research at The Miami Project has changed the landscape of knowledge and therapeutic strategies for spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.

    In our wide ranging conversation, Marc shares stories about growing up around the Miami Dolphins, and such great players as Paul Warfield, Bob Griese, and Larry Csonka. He recants in great detail the weeks, days, and moments leading up to his injury, and he praises the amazing father he loved and admired. Today as the President of The Miami Project, Marc proudly continues the yeoman's work his father and Dr. Green began 38 years ago.

    This episode has it all, and I can't wait for you to hear it! Thank you Marc!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S5 E6 Every Breath You Take - Featuring Synapse Biomedical's NeuRx DPS & Karen Mills

    S5 E6 Every Breath You Take - Featuring Synapse Biomedical's NeuRx DPS & Karen Mills

    Breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out... You are doing so right now without even thinking about it. Unfortunately, for some individuals with cervical spinal cord injuries, the ability to breath on their own is compromised, if not impossible. Enter Synapse Biomedical, and its NeuRx Diaphragmatic Pacing System, which is specifically designed to decrease the reliance on mechanical ventilators for such people.

    This week's episode of the QuadCast features Andrea Osborn, Clinical Specialist for Synapse Biomedical, who will tell us all about the device, and Karen Mills, who has been breathing easier with the aid of it for years now following her SCI in 2019.

    • 52 min
    S5 E5 - One Man's Floor Is Another Man's Ceiling - My Conversation With Ryan Baker

    S5 E5 - One Man's Floor Is Another Man's Ceiling - My Conversation With Ryan Baker

    The date was June 20, 1991, Ryan Baker and his family set out on a long drive from Temecula, California, to their new home/life in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They had bought into the Häagen-Dazs ice cream franchise which was based there. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the night before Ryan had just graduated from high school. Unfortunately, his journey to the Centennial State was about to take a whole bunch of unsuspected twists and turns, and I'm not talking about on the highways.

    In just over two months, he will have been living with his spinal cord injury for 33 years. Over that time he has discovered a unique, and profound perspective on what recovery from SCI means to him: “For me it is not walking again. It is getting back to center with your self, spirit, and soul, contributing, working, finding relationships, engaging with other people, just really trying to participate in life again. We have to allow ourselves to mentally, emotionally, and spiritually get back to that sense of belonging and self-worth. That to me is recovery.”

    Among the many amazing things he has accomplished in over those 3 decades, Ryan is also the co-founder of Wheelchair Lacrosse USA (wheelchairlacrosse.com), director of sales & marketing for Vapor Wheels, and represents/sells Kinetic Balance’s adaptive clothing line intended for wheelchair users, through his website, Twisted Spine. It was my pleasure to meet/speak with Ryan on the latest episode of the QuadCast.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S5 E4 - Two Podcast Worlds Collide, My Conversation With Live To Walk Again's Jerimie Dixon

    S5 E4 - Two Podcast Worlds Collide, My Conversation With Live To Walk Again's Jerimie Dixon

    As someone recording a podcast aimed at, and for the benefit of the spinal cord injured community, I wasn't sure if I was alone in this lane. Well, it turns out there are a number of us out there doing just the same, one of which is Jerimie Dixon. He was still in high school when he was in a catastrophic car accident that caused his SCI and subsequent paralysis.

    Jerimie and some great friends founded The Live to Walk Again Foundation in 2015, to among other things: fast track a cure for paralysis, and to find new ways to improve the quality of life for patients currently living with it. In an effort to do just that, The Live To Walk Again Foundation’s podcast was born! Jerimie spotlights patients with SCI's, life hacks for paralysis victims, and researchers and doctors who are currently seeking a cure for it.

    Two podcast worlds collide on this week's episode of the QP, because Jerimie Dixon is my guest.

    • 59 min
    S5 E3 - Jesi Stracham Is Helping Individuals Find Opportunities In Their Obstacles

    S5 E3 - Jesi Stracham Is Helping Individuals Find Opportunities In Their Obstacles

    In January 2015, Jesi Stracham was the passenger on a motorcycle when it collided with a car. She woke up a week later in an intensive care unit without the use of her legs secondary to a spinal cord injury.

    Today she strives to help patients become people. She is the founder of Wheel With Me Foundation, the owner of Wheel With Me Consulting, and a fitness and growth coach. Through her struggles, and large social media footprint (Instagram, YouTube, etc.), she works for teaching individuals the power of our mindset.

    I'm thrilled because Jesi is my guest on this episode of the QuadCast.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

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Great podcast!

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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.

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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.

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