Tuesday, November 1, 2016

6 years down - Crashiversary


Honestly life has been whacky for me recently, not because of my disability but because of life. My grandmother passed away in May, peacefully at home in Carmel. Grandma was a big influence in my life, she taught me so many things that molded me into the person I am today. Her dementia kicked in big time right around the time of my accident. In a way i'm glad she couldn't understand what happened, but watching her grow weak and not being able to help her in the ways that I wanted to was challenging. Grandma taught me the value of hardwork, an appreciation for art, to have manners and be polite, the joy of gardening, to cheer for the Oakland A's and much, much more. Her influence in my life was huge and I am so thankful for our time.

Ironically Carmel celebrates 100 years this year as my great, great uncle's property (left to my grandparents) of 100 years is for sale in Carmel. Unfortunately this is the end of the line for us but I feel so fortunate for the time we had here... I am taking in my last moments and looking forward to new beginnings. I will miss the sound of the ocean at night, the trees and the fog. I will not miss the mold, the parking issues or the mail delivery!

The "crashiversary" always makes me re-evaluate my life and my rehab program. Is what i'm doing sustainable both physically and financially? Am I being the most productive with my limited time? Can I do more on my own? I'm always wondering if i'm doing the most with my exercise, pushing myself enough... while still remembering to listen to my body.

Somedays I am so mentally exhausted, and others physically... I have to remember (and have the energy for) the mindful movement that is needed to really connect to my body. It has been a bumpy road recently. I lost my trainer I worked with for years and this has really made me question my home rehab program. I recently read this blog post of a fellow quadriplegic, he explained the importance of the trainer/client relationship so well.

"The client can have his entire world changed – for good or bad! – by the attitude of his trainer...This is the constant psychological battle that plays out over minutes and months alike and, during a time when there is much uncertainty about the future for someone who has just lost access to most of his body, the therapist can keep the commitment boat afloat...As you can see, awareness and trust in this relationship are critical for rehab when working with a therapist, just as they are in so many other settings: student-teacher, player-coach, community-police, public-government." -Theo St Francis

Thank you Theo for sharing!

More on Theo here

I finally have gathered my rehab videos from over the years, this helps me see how far I have come and what I need to be working on more. Check out my videos here


Thanks to my friend Roman Reed and his efforts in finding a cure for paralysis there have been huge strides forward in Stem Cell research here in California! Read about the recent human clinical trials here

I lost myself that night of the accident, my old self "before" the accident but I also experienced a rebirth, into something maybe deeper and more meaningful. I'm not sure what it all means but I look forward with hope and determination knowing that I have a lot to look forward to.

"We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." -John Steinbeck


In my calm place.


In my "WTF are we doing" place.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Relay wrap-up 2016

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Words can not explain the gratitude I have for the overwhelming support I continue to receive year after year. My inspiration and hope comes from all of you.

My runners hit highway 1 on April 24th...it was a windy Sunday morning as they headed out to put one foot in front of the other for me. I heard Hurricane point was a force with wind coming from all directions, I can feel that force. The relay year after year motivates me to keep on going and gives me the means to do it.

I want to thank my runners, friends, family, community and everyone who donated. Aswell as my friends at the Big Sur River Inn, Loco Coco, and the Treadmill for their continued support! BE THE LIGHT!

Check out relay for Rachael on KSBW! Watch video here

Wow! All the donations are incredible! River Inn's check from their proceeds on marathon day pushed us over our goal of $30,000! www.relayforrachael.com

Team "El Sur Grande" came in 2nd in the Big Sur International Marathon open-mixed relays and was my fastest team. (My marathon runner, Kodiak Greenwood, beat all the relay teams!)

Pasta Dinner! (photos by Magdalena)


Monday, February 22, 2016

Relay for Rachael 2016

It's relay time again! This year is the 6th annual relay for Rachael and I have four teams and two full marathon runners who are hitting Highway 1 on Sunday, April 24th at the Big Sur International Marathon. This is my annual fundraiser to help with my ongoing physical therapy costs after a car accident that left me a quadriplegic in 2010.

Every year I am blown away by the amount of support that continues to flow in. My exercise/rehab program is the most important thing to me and I am able to continue this because of the support from my community and the relay for Rachael. Without it my quality of life would dramatically deteriorate. Every day I am so thankful that I am given the opportunity to heal, that I can put all of my energy into gaining as much strength back as possible. I believe if I continue to work hard the possibilities are endless. I know that there are many people in my situation that don't have the support that I do and do not have the opportunity that I have and for this I am forever grateful. I am inspired and left in awe by the amazing runners who year after year train hard and raise money so one day I can too.

Thank you for being my light!

You can pledge your support through the website at www.relayforrachael.com using PayPal, or if you prefer to write a check, send it to:

Rachael Short SNT

PO Box 6445

Carmel, CA 93921

Soaking up the winter sun.
I can stay here all day!
Chelsea representing!

Lyra and Kendra training hard.