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photo Not Just Surviving
By Lynn McGillin, RN, MSN
and Cynthia Kraft-Fine, RN, MSN, CRRN
with support from the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses

"Endurance is the key. The strength is inside of you to do whatever you want to do."

Only about twenty percent of all people with spinal cord injuries are women, and information about issues specific to them can be hard to come by. Women who are newly injured may feel isolated, and have difficulty obtaining the simplest information about managing day-to-day problems, let alone finding peers to talk with.

This video brings together four women who have been living with SCI for fifteen, twenty, even thirty years. They share insights into topics that include rehabilitation and working with healthcare professionals, appearance and sexuality, menstruation, contraception, pregnancy, parenting, and menopause. Not only do they provide useful information on the day-to-day practicalities of being a woman with a disability, they are also outstanding role models: women leading active, competent, full lives despite spinal cord injury. An important resource for groups focused on disabilities and women's health, this video will also be a valuable tool to help sensitize healthcare students, professionals and rehabilitation staff to issues women confront after becoming disabled.

40 minutes
© 1998
Purchase $149 VHS
Order No. QA-273
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-273-3

"A terrific wealth of information that hasn't been available to patients before. What a great resource for staff and patients alike. This is just what the Spinal Cord Injury world has been waiting for." Viewer Comments

Awards & Conference Screenings
American Spinal Injury Film Festival
American Association of Spinal Cord Nurses

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