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About the Apparelyzed Website and Creator
When was the site started?
Apparelyzed was initially created in August 2003 as a personal project to promote spinal cord injury awareness using disability images, to be displayed on apparel by the disabled community (hence the name, Apparelyzed!). Although the design project ended, the site has since grown organically into something larger, and now covers Spinal Cord Injury Anatomy, a spinal cord injury discussion forum, SCI Research area as well as a carefully picked links directory.
Who funds the site?
As Apparelyzed is a non-commercial website, it receives no grants, advertising revenue or third party finance to fund its ongoing costs, it's felt the site is more impartial than other sites, and is able to give an unbiased opinion on all aspects surrounding spinal cord injuries. All the costs are met by the owner, a bit like an out of control hobby!
About the site owner
The site creator of Apparelyzed is a C5/6 Quadriplegic, a front seat passenger injured in a road traffic accident in January 1992. The accident resulted in a burst fracture of C5, resulting in complete motor paralysis below C5/6, with sensory sparing. This injury is classed in medical terms a Quadraplegic, as the paralysis affects both the arms, hands and legs.
2013 is the website's 10th anniversary, and although progress has been slow, the resulting website is now visited by individuals with injuries old and new.
The Spinal Injury Forum
As the site has grown, the discussion forum has now become the main focus of the website. The forum is a central focal point for anyone with a spinal cord injury, their friends, family members and carers. The forum covers every aspect of living with a spinal cord injury, and enjoys opinions and exchanges of ideas for those living with a spinal cord injury.
Joining the forum is free, and registered members can access aditional facilities such as a live chat room, and the ability to contact other members for private discussions. The forum is moderated daily, to ensure healthy discussion, to remove unsolicited advertising.
The forum enjoys a wide cross section of members, and has a worldwide community contributing information on spinal cord injury related subjects.
The UK Spinal Center Forum and Directory
The UK Spinal Center Forum and Directory was created following a stay in hospital, as after talking to people, it became apparent there was no resource available for ex-spinal patients to keep in touch once they had been discharged. When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, they usually spend many months in acute and rehabilitation stages of recovery, usually in the same spinal center. As a result, the unit becomes a second home for many patients and their families, whilst rehabilitation and treatment takes place.
Over these months, a community develops within the spinal unit, which can become very close knit, and many friends are made over the duration as an inpatient. Of course, once the patient leaves the spinal unit to carry on with their own lives, they generally lose contact with the many friends they made in their spinal unit.
It was therefore thought it would be a great idea if there was a central resource for all Spinal Centers in the UK for patients and friends, past and present to contact each other. Maybe you are wondering what ever happened to friends you made in the units you were in, well, post a request, or a little about yourself and you may get back in touch with friends old and new.
The support forum has now grown into one of the most active discussion forums dedicated to spinal cord injuries on the internet worldwide.
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