IMG_1155-(1).pngAbout Karen
Numotion Brand Ambassador 


I have been a wheelchair user for more than 30 years after a T10 complete spinal cord injury when I was shot in an armed robbery. Helping others after a debilitating injury or illness was my reason for joining the Numotion team in 2015. I am passionate about advocating for all people with disabilities to have access to the technology they need to stay healthy, especially standing devices, and live their best life possible.


 

Accessibility in Grand Cayman

Accessibility is always a major consideration when looking for a destination. Roy and I researched many destinations and then looked up articles on their accessibility. I read articles on spintheglode.net, wheelchairtravel.org, and curbfreewithcorylee.com. The number of accessible destinations available is overwhelming.

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Five Stages of Grief - Mobility Edition: Depression

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Five Stages of Grief – Mobility Edition: Bargaining

Grief can strike people in many different ways, and at different times. As I continue to look at the five stages of grief, I am reminded that it’s different for everyone. But what’s important to remember and recognize is that there is no right way to go through the grief process.

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Adaptive Halloween Costumes

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. The chance to transform into your favorite character, ghost or goblin only comes around once a year! However, Halloween costumes have always been a challenge for people with disabilities. Costumes are often difficult to put on, bulky and can get caught in the spoke of a wheelchair.

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Adaptive Yoga in a Wheelchair

Yoga is a five thousand year old practice that involves the mind, body and spirit. It improves physical health and helps to reduce stress if practiced regularly. One of the best things about yoga is that all of the poses and be adapted to suit the abilities of each individual person. Yoga helps people with disabilities connect to all areas of their body, even if they don’t have muscle control. In this blog I explore poses that help me relieve pain and tension experienced from sitting in my wheelchair all day. I hope you can find poses that are helpful to you and resources to explore the world of adaptive yoga.

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Setting Goals BIG – Just Like Paul Erway

Are you in the habit of setting a goal for yourself? Are they average goals or huge goals? Do other people tell you your goals are unattainable? In my experience, nobody expects significant accomplishments from you if you have a disability. Recently I met up with my friend Paul Erway and was reminded of the importance of goal setting.

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Happy Anniversary – to ME!

September 19, 1987, is the day a stranger shot me in the back and almost killed me. For me, the meaning of the day has evolved from one of mourning to one of celebration, but it has always come with great reflection.

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Five Stages of Grief – Mobility Edition: Anger

It’s okay to be angry after becoming paralyzed. Learn about how I dealt with my anger in order to live my best life possible.

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KnowBarriers

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC)has a program called KnowBarriers; which offers peer mentor and life coaching services to their patients. Last month I had the honor of being able to tour their facility as Ms. Wheelchair America. It was amazing to see their unique approach to care, but also how the facility was operated – all keeping people with disabilities at the forefront.

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Rollettes Experience 2019

If you are a wheelchair user you may not think dancing is possible, but it is! The Rollettes are a professional dance troupe that performs all over the world. Recently I attended The Rollettes Experience 2019 along with 174 other ladies from 10 different countries! The dance classes were taught by choreographers that teach Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna! The best parts were making new friends, laughing and feeling just like everyone else in the room for once.

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Five Stages of Grief – Mobility Edition : Denial

Being paralyzed was never part of my plan. I remember vividly feeling horrified when the doctors used the word paraplegic to describe me. Here are some tips for getting through the early stages of transitioning to a new way of life and dealing with denial!

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A Crown with a Purpose

I traveled the country wearing a crown! The Ms. Wheelchair America organization chooses their queen based on their history of advocacy and their ability to articulate their platform. Read about my advocacy adventures as Ms. Wheelchair America 2019 in my latest blog!

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United Spinal's Roll on Capital Hill 2019

It was an honor to be on Capitol Hill fighting for the rights of people with disabilities. Check out my latest blog recapping my experience at United Spinal's Roll on Capitol Hill.

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Why Numotion Medical Supply

I have been using intermittent catheters since my injury in 1987. I have used many different medical supply companies over the years, and the experiences can be very different. I have found that Numotion Medical Supply team to be knowledgeable, responsive, and caring. Read my blog for a few specific reasons why Numotion Medical Supply is a cut above the rest.

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Do You Demolish Barriers?

Check out my latest blog about my interview for the Demolishing Barriers segment on the WWL-TV morning show in New Orleans, Great Day Louisiana. This segment features stories about individuals who inspire others, who may not be able to envision how to create a better future. By featuring people that not only survived difficulties but thrived, they are sharing stories of leading by example – and living life possible!

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One Day using a Wheelchair in New York City

Using a wheelchair in New York City can be a challenge, especially when time is limited. In this blog I highlight the Lowe’s Regency Hotel, the New York City Subway system, and the Statue of Liberty. I hope I can save you some time and frustration on your next visit to NYC.

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Let’s go Adaptive Water Skiing!

Summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy it! I always loved water skiing before I was paralyzed and was happy to find I didn’t need to stop after my accident. Check out this blog to hear about my adaptive water skiing experience.

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Be Your Own Advocate When Buying a New Wheelchair

Why does it take so long to get a custom made wheelchair? I have been on all sides of this equation, as a customer, medical social worker and as an employee of Numotion. In this blog I would like to try to demystify this process for you and encourage you to use your voice!

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Going “Behind the Chair”

"Behind the Chair,” hosted by Kat Magnoli and Doug Longhini, is an engaging online radio show about living life with a mobility disability featuring people with disabilities who are living life possible. I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest on their show. Read my blog to hear some little known information I haven't revealed anywhere else!

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People with Paralysis Can Create Muscle with FES

One of the best decisions I made after becoming paralyzed was to use Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to keep muscle tone on my legs.  Due to my diligence at using the FES bike and standing devices I have never had a wound, fracture or contracture in 31 years of paralysis. Click here to learn more.

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Handling Questions About Your Disability When You're in a Wheelchair

Many questions people have asked me about my wheelchair and disability fall into the category of unnecessary investigation. As anyone in a wheelchair or disability can attest … questions come with the territory. Check out my blog for how I answer these questions in a humorous and educational way!

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Ricky Raley "Live Laced Up"

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting paralyzed Army Veteran, Ricky Raley, and his handcycling team. Read my blog to learn about Ricky Raley and what he and the Boot Campaign have been up to!

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Life Possible with Karen Roy

I’m Karen Roy, a T10 complete paraplegic. I’ve been in a wheelchair for more of my life than I haven’t. Today, my role with Numotion provides me an opportunity to share my story and my experiences to help others. I am passionate about living a healthy, independent life for myself, but also sharing with others how they too can take control of their lives to make it what they want.

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