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. 

Cody Unser, Advocate for Adaptive Diving

Cody Unser began her Tansverse 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.

A Young woman's Transverse Myelitis Recovery Story

Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by an inflammatory process of the grey and white matter of the spinal cord. In some cases, the disease is presumed to be caused by viral infections or vaccinations associated with spinal cord injuries, immune reactions, schistosomiasis and insufficient blood flow through spinal cord vessels. 

Find out how Jenny fights against her TM.

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