Cody Unser began her Transverse Myelitis journey at 12. She embraced TM as an opportunity to make a difference, establishing the Cody Unser First Step Foundation. It quickly evolved into include "quality of life" through an Adaptive SCUBA program - Cody's Great Scuba Adventures. Her "adventures" now facilitate diving trips for folks with TM and many other disabilities.  


For Riley's complete story click  here  

Mindy Scheier's TED Talk on Adaptive Clothing

Do you have a favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans that transforms you and makes you feel confident -- makes you feel like you? That's because what you wear can affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem, says fashion designer Mindy Scheier. Inspired by her son, who was born with a degenerative disorder that makes it hard for him to dress himself or wear clothing with buttons or zippers, Scheier set out to make clothing that works for everyone, including the differently


Tommy leads the trend towards adaptive clothing

What is independence? For the one in five Americans living with a disability it starts with being free from the challenge of getting ready each day. Tommy Adaptive delivers clothing for men, women and children that features everything from one-handed zippers and discreetly hidden magnetic closures to extended openings and adjustable features. This collection was designed with and for people with disabilities to make getting dressed easier. 

Yoga for TM Warriors

Cruising through YouTube, I happened upon a great  video illustrating how wheelchair users like me can benefit from Yoga, somethind I'd wanted to do prior to the onset of my transverse myelitis. Benefits include:

Physical strength – Flexibility - Connection with Breath - Rejuvenation, Calm, & Mental Focus - Decreased Stress & Anxiety. 

Wheelchair Yoga Teacher, Sherry Morris, joined by Tami Ridley ( 30-year wheelchair veteran) shares  almost everyone can adapt to doing.  

Adina Burke's Poetry

Adina is a true artist. And this is just an outstanding piece of her work. Adina is a strong person, a extraordinary talented poet, a professional writer, and a beautiful young lady. However, people see her on a wheelchair and see her as just someone with a disability. She fights hard against the perception. She is way bigger than that. I know it.   Comment by Jun Sugiyama

Transverse Myelitis Motivates Darren TO SOAR


My 4-year Transverse Myelitis anniversary was this past Saturday. To celebrate my anniversary and to try and convince others to never give up, I did the AFP First Jump course. My canopy line got twisted, but I was able to get it untangled, and I still had a good jump, pull, malfunction resolution, and a good landing; and I'm still alive. Passed Level 1 and ready for level 2! Skydiving is an addiction!

David Mzee Working towards Independence


David Mzee broke his neck in 2010. He was a college student in Zurich at the time. Now 33, David is one of three men who lost the use of their legs years ago after severe spinal injuries, but who now are able to walk without any supports, if briefly and awkwardly, with the help of a pacemaker-like implant.

Recovery Stories: Hiking The "Navajo Lake Trail"

Follow Nerissa as she uses her GRIT Freedom Chair to hike the "Navajo Lake Trail" to the "Dike Trail" in Dixie National Forest on 30 September 2017 Start your adventure now. Beat transverse myelitis.

Mr. Biggie - A Day in his life

Mr. Abiola (AKA 'Biggie') was born as a normal child, but got infected by polio at three years old. The result - not being able to use his legs since. His story is that of a whole and engaged life.

Adaptive Aventures - "Freedom Through Mobility"

Adaptive Adventures, founded by two wheelchair-bound friends sponsors all types of trips around the USA for all types of handicap folks. Watch this wonderful story about learning to ski. It's just one of many recovery stories.

The Rabbi & Spirituality

Just one of his wonderful recovery stories from living with transverse myelitis and MS. He speaks frankly about his symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and life afterwards. 

Rise & Fall - Story of an Adaptive Surfer

Massimiliano Mattei ha passato gran parte della sua vita in acqua. Il surf lo ha accompagnato da sempre nelle sue scelte, anche dopo l'incidente che gli ha cambiato la vita. 

"Waves are inspiring not because they rise and fall, but because each time they fall, they never fail to rise again.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Watch Massimiliano Mattei's amazing fight against his handicap.

Erica Wilson - Starting Over

I used to think that Transverse Myelitis was an "old person's" disease . . . it isn't. The prime target ages are 10-19 years old and 30-39 years old.

Please watch this amazing film by Gatorade of an inspiring young girl named Erica Wilson. She lost her ability to walk due to transverse myelitis but she never let her disability define her.  

Wheelchair Accessible Playground Tour

Previously, the Able Family did a video where they tried playing on a playground in a wheelchair (check it out here: Now, they go to an actual accessible playground, and gave you a tour of it! Was it actually accessible? You'll have to find out!

Transverse Myelitis & MS Will Not Defeat Carrie-Anne

Carrie-Anne Farnell was first diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis in May of 2016.  She then got double-punched in April 2018. MS was added to her diagnosis. 

Despite this, Carrie vowed that her health would not defeat her. She would stay strong and live her life to the fullest. She is a brave, strong, determined woman . . . an inspiration to us all at Beat Transverse Myelitis Foundation. Her website is This is her story