Knowing (who you are) is half the battle

Knowing (who you are) is half the battle

We are all fighting battles. Some fight on a battlefield. Others fight within themselves. But we are all searching for victories in our own wars. 

But no matter where or what you’re fighting for, it’s important to remember just how strong we can be. 

More than 20 years ago, most of my physical strength left me. My arms and legs weakened by an illness I couldn’t see and condition that seemed insurmountable. As I laid motionless in that hospital bed, surrounded by tubes and cables, I learned the true meaning of "strong."

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Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegics Walk

Exoskeleton are full of science-fiction coolness. But an exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to walk? That is a whole lot of double rainbow epicness! The Rex Robotic Exoskeleton is designed to give paraplegics the ability to perform daily tasks while standing. Pros: Gives you the chance to walk again, you look like a you're Ripley driving a loader. Cons: Costs $150,000, you look like a you're Ripley driving a loader. 

Note to self: If you become paralyzed, make sure you have Bruce Wayne money.

Check out the video below to see the suit in action.

 

Scientists make paralyzed rats walk again after spinal-cord injury

Some pretty compelling stuff. Maybe there is still hope for me yet.

Published Nov. 20 in the online edition of , the findings suggest that the regeneration of severed nerve fibers is not required for paraplegic  to learn to walk again. The finding may hold implications for human rehabilitation after spinal cord injuries.

"The spinal cord contains nerve circuits that can generate rhythmic activity without input from the brain to drive the hind leg muscles in a way that resembles walking called 'stepping,'" explained principal investigator Reggie Edgerton, a professor of neurobiology and physiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

"Previous studies have tried to tap into this circuitry to help victims of spinal cord injury," he added. "While other researchers have elicited similar leg movements in people with complete spinal injuries, they have not achieved full weight-bearing and sustained stepping as we have in our study."

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