The Latest on Male Sexuality and Spinal Cord Injury

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By: Tiffiny | November 21st, 2014 @ 6:47 pm | Feature stories |


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Out of everything we lose when we become paralyzed, the effects on our sexuality can be the hardest. Ask any guy with a spinal cord injury what he misses most and chances are he’ll say his sexuality.

But the good news – there’s hope for a better tomorrow. There are constant discoveries being made and experts lining up to give advice, all aiming to give men with spinal cord injuries this part of their life back.

Still aren’t sure it’s possible? Watch our three videos below to see what we mean

Video #1: “Strange Sex” and new erogenous zones

In this episode of the webseries “Daily Infusion,” Rafe Eric Biggs PhD, a C5-6 quad from San Francisco, California and Founder of Sexability.com, shares how he discovered pleasurable sex post-injury.

After breaking his neck, Rafe realized (through self-discovery) that he could still have pleasurable sex, and he discovered two new interesting erogenous zones along the way – his thumb and the scar where his injury needed surgery (injury sites tend to be new erogenous zones for many people with SCI)

Watch: Rafe Eric Biggs, PhD talks Sexuality + Disability

Video #2: “A couple’s disease”

In this presentation from Dr. Jesse Mills last winter, a renowned SCI urologist who works with many Craig Hospital clients, you get a professional overview of male sexuality and spinal cord injury, as the audience is full of therapists and doctors.

Smartly calling the limitations of spinal cord injury on sex a “couple’s disease,” his 42-minute presentation covers it all from injury levels to testosterone levels. And he goes over some of the latest treatment options like Stendra (to assist with erections). This video is a must for any men new to living with a spinal cord injury.

Watch: Male Fertility, Sexual Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Video # 3: Making it work as creatively as possible

If the logistics of intimacy are what concern you the most, then you’ll appreciate this video from Dr. Mitch Tepper, a C5-6 quadriplegic and psychologist specializing in sexuality. He and a friend demonstrate the various positions that man of his injury level can do, demonstrating them with their clothes on (PG-13 rated).

While the video is risque, the end goal of changing the way the world views people with disabilities, and helping men with spinal cord injuries find satisfying sex lives along the way, kind of cancels all of that.

Watch: Sexual Positions for Men with Spinal Cord Injury: Creativity, Adaptability and Sense of Humor

Has sex been something you put on the back burner? Don’t let it linger there too long. There are more options now than ever before to reclaim your old life. All you need is a willingness to try, and you’ll be surprised at what you may feel again.

Were you able to discover new erogenous zones post-injury?

Watch the videos!

- Rafe Eric Biggs, PhD talks Sexuality + Disability

- Male Fertility, Sexual Function After Spinal Cord Injury from Craig Hospital

- Sexual Positions for Men with Spinal Cord Injury: Creativity, Adaptability and Sense of Humor

SCI Superstar: Jamie Goodwin

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By: Tiffiny | November 18th, 2014 @ 10:31 pm | SCI Superstars |


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One of the most internet-famous wheelers we’ve featured yet, Jamie Goodwin, a 38 year old mom from Canton, Georgia, has made a name for herself with her Facebook group Wheelin’ Weightloss. Two years ago she made the decision to start losing  baby-weight, and since starting her group she’s become a veritable online sensation.

But it hasn’t been easy. Despite not making it on the 14th season of The Biggest Loser (a reality show dedicated to helping people lose weight), and being bummed about it, Jamie went on to lose the weight on her own, and the best part – she’s inspiring thousands online.

Still shedding the pounds and more active than she’s been in years, check out Jamie’s story of reclaiming who she once was below.

Why she’s fearless

Jamie, injured in 1993 while riding in the back of a truck with friends, was a cheerleader and youth group leader and just 17 when her whole life changed. She became a T4 paraplegic, but after her injury she amazed everyone when she carried on with her life as if her injury didn’t happen.

“I chose to be happy,” says Jamie, and went back into cheerleading and became a peer mentor to the newly injured at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia (where she went for rehab too). After high school, she went on to college to get her teaching degree and taught 6th grade for three years.

But all the time she was in college and teaching, she was dating her high school sweetheart Will, a soon-to-be pastor who had his eyes on marrying her. The two eventually married and they decided to start a family, and Jamie left teaching to become a stay-at-home mom. They were blessed, and had their first son shortly after getting married, and he who was followed by two more boys.

Even though she loves her children, Jamie has not been a fan of the weight she gained while pregnant. She put on over 60 pounds through her pregnancies, and being on a certain birth control that also made her gain weight certainly didn’t help.  This is why in 2012 she made the conscious decision to finally lose weight after she was saw her health become affected by it, and she was determined to get on The Biggest Loser to make that happen.

But despite being a finalist, she didn’t make the cut. Jamie instead decided to start a Facebook group for people to follow her weightloss journey, hoping they would hold her accountable, and called it Wheelin’ Weightloss. With guilty pleasures like fast food too tempting, she knew she couldn’t do it alone, and so far her Facebook group is working brilliantly.

To date, she’s lost over 40 pounds and counting and has over 6,000 “accountability partners” via her Facebook hroup. They are her cheerleaders and make sure she abides by her weightloss rules.

What’s next?

And the way Jamie is losing the weight is pretty hardcore – by using a combination of CrossFit training, free weights and pushing her wheelchair. Yup that’s right, good old fashioned wheelchair racing, and she participates in 5k races, like the Color Run, whenever she can.

Jamie too snagged a workout partner along way – her husband (who also needed to shed some pounds). Together they found a local gym and trainer who created the above workout plan that proved to be successful, and they’re still strong at it.

We just can’t get over Jamie’s Amazonian toughness.  This woman has no fear, and you know you’re on the right track to losing weight when you have to get your wedding ring resized. We’re rooting for you Jamie, and we hope you reach your end weight-goal!

Have you been able to lose weight post-injury?

- Visit her Facebook group: Wheelin’ Weightloss

- Visit her blog: Holy Rollin’

Watch the videos!

- ‘Biggest Loser’ Casting Video for Jamie Goodwin

- Paralyzed mom on trampoline

- Jamie gives advice to a newly-injured woman