I grew up in four countries as a child but the SF Bay Area has always been my home. After venturing to Boston for my undergrad and 5 years working and traveling to dozens of countries across five continents as a trip leader for an international biking and hiking tour company, I came back to the Bay Area to pursue an MBA. Shortly after that, one seemingly normal summer day turned into a horrific night that completely changed my life.
I have led my entire life with the belief and desire to make the most of every moment. Following the devastating spinal cord injury I suffered in 2012, I was faced with two options: 1) Listen to the doctors and medical specialists and accept and adapt to my damaged body with little to no hope for improvement or; 2) Commit myself fully to prove them wrong and to work diligently towards regaining function and getting back on my feet.
Maybe you can guess which option I chose…
Since then, I have worked relentlessly not only on my recovery goals but also to make a larger impact on the larger spinal cord injury community. I have presented and spoken to a number of audiences (see my Speaking page for more) about my experience and continue to share my story through my blog, my memoir and more speaking engagements.
In 2015, I co-founded the No Limits Collaborative, a 501c3 non-profit aimed at helping people with SCIs and neurological conditions to access exercise, physical therapy, education and an improved quality of life. I also helped a friend establish and coordinate Comedy for a Spinal Cause, a regularly occurring standup comedy show that raises funds for people with spinal cord injuries.
I continue to do all that I can to achieve my objectives and help those with neurological conditions gain a better quality of life.
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I stumbled upon your page from Facebook when it highlighted people I might know. This is Caitlin, your RA from Hamilton House at BU. You have had quite the journey since I last saw you at BU. Your recovery journey is incredibly inspirational. Just wanted to send a note of support and well wishes.
Hi Caitlin. Thanks for reaching out. It has been quite some time since Ham House at BU but I hope you’re doing well. I’m doing the best I can given my situation. Thank you for your support and well wishes. Hope you keep reading as I continue my journey. -AB
Arrash what kind of cage was used in your neck?
I don’t know much. Just that it’s titanium. -AB
Arash — this is wayyyy back in your past when you temporarily worked at (cough) Oracle. You got some cool job as a trip guide and what? an injury? not fair. We used to go to the pleasanton mall to get away from Oracle. oh jeez. are you okay? I’m Rebecca Sammel, now a professor at Ferris State U.
Nice to hear from you. Glad we could connect on email -AB
Arash–I just watched your talk–wonderful and remarkable–wanted you and Britta to know (we saw each other today at Albany Pool)–really, very very fine!!! Always my best to you both, Tony
Thanks so much! -AB
Hey Arash…good to know you are living an honorable and powerfully purposeful life. Thank you! This is Sharon Louisell from Berkeley High. After I heard your story from Mariel Adler-McAllister I felt it was important to share with you a little about my life too. I recently studied at The Nordblom Institute for Footzonology (www.footzonology.com). My teacher used the technique to “zone” tumors out of her newborn son’s brain (no surgery!) and the founder of the institute travels the world helping families by “zoning” their loved ones out of comas. I know it sounds unbelievable but you have been through enough to know that the unbelievable often speaks progress. There is more I would like to share with you. Email me if you would like! Moving forward….I think footzonology could help you reach your goal and fortunately one of the most experienced practitioners is here in the bay area! (https://www.schedulicity.com/home/results [Health Wellness and Healing]). Keep recovering and would really enjoy hearing from you!
Hi Sharon. Nice to hear from you. I’ll respond to you privately over email. -AB
My name is Kesey, and I am a 4th Year Occupational Therapy student in Australia. I came across your blog whilst searching for SCI bloggers. I am seeking to develop my understanding of the lived experience of having a spinal cord injury, I would love to be able to email you some questions if possible.
Also, going through your blog and reading about your journey shows that every individual’s journey is different. It is shaped by so many factors and that no one should be entirely categorised by a textbook!
Hope to hear from you soon!
Thanks for reaching out Kesey. I’ll email you separately. -AB
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