Uma experiência incrível

Sabrina e Lolly a ParigiAssim como nós mudamos, mudam também as cidades, vinte e cinco anos depois eu voltava a terra da Rainha. Como estive aqui no começo da adolescência (e ainda andava) era uma cidade diferente. Londres foi uma experiência incrível pela receptividade, acessibilidade e intensidade. Receptividade por que pude sentir desde a minha chegada como os laços se fortalecem mesmo à distância, Lolly, seus irmãos Tony e Gary, e sua mãe Maureen me receberam como parte da família que realmente somos. A acessibilidade tornou possível cumprir a agenda realmente intensa que tivemos entre pubs, Paris e turismo ocasional. Nossa primeiro compromisso foi conhecer o pessoal incrível do escritório da Spinal Research, e _DSC4467lá formalizar a doação de 1.500£ que foram arrecadadas na Stand up for a Cure, festa que eu e a Lolly, representando as Cure Girls, organizamos no Brasil. Nosso próximo passo foi uma visita ao laboratório da Dra. Liz Bradbury no Kings College, onde ela falou sobre seus 15 de pesquisa para a cura da Lesão Medular. A tarde fomos até o Nicholas Spinal Injury Foundation, que traça uma outra linha de pesquisa buscando tratar lesões crônicas já em humanos.

alla nsifAguardamos boas noticias para os próximos anos! Nesse dia conheci pessoalmente a Loredana, minha “cure girl sister” da Itália, que estava com uma equipe filmando o primeiro Doc das Cure Girls, espero que em breve todos possam sabem ainda mais sobre nossos projetos e anseios de 7 garotas ao redor do mundo lutando pela cura das lesões na Medula. Que desse encontro surja a possibilidade de tratamentos realmente eficazes para Lesões Medulares. Ainda sonho em assistir um show dos Rolling Stones no Hyde Park, para isso tanto Mick & cia quanto as Cure Girls precisarão da ciência caminhando ao nosso lado. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes…”

Cure Girl Sabrina

Annunci

London: The Cure Girls Are Back!

Just as we change, so do the cities. Twenty five years later I returned to the Queen’s land. Since I was last here in my early teens (and I still walked), it was a different city for me.

Sabrina e Lolly a ParigiLondon was an incredible experience for its receptivity, accessibility and intensity. Receptivity because I could feel, since my arrival, how the bonds have grown stronger even at a distance — Lolly, her brothers Tony and Gary and their mother Maureen welcomed me as part of the family we really are. The accessibility made it possible for us to fulfill the really intense schedule we had between pubs, Paris and occasional tourism.

Our first appointment was meeting the incredible staff at Spinal Research’s office and formalise the donation of £1,500 that was collected at Stand Up for a Cure — a party which me and Lolly, representing the Cure Girls, organized in Brazil. Our next step was a visit to the lab _DSC4467of Dr. Liz Bradbury at Kings College, where she talked about her fifteen years of research and search for the healing of spinal cord injuries. We got to see incredible things which she uses in her studies. In the afternoon we went to the UCL lab which outlines another line of research, seeking to treat chronic injuries in humans and is funded by the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation. We spoke to Charlotte who is the Finance Manager of NSIF and also the researcher Professor Ying Li and the team. alla nsifWe’re looking forward for the good news in the years to come! On that day I personally met Loredana, my “cure girl sister” from Italy, who was with a team filming the first documentary from the Cure Girls. Hopefully, soon everyone will know even more about the projects and hopes from seven girls around the world fighting for the healing of spinal cord injuries. May the possibility of truly effective treatments for the spinal cord injury arise from this meeting. I’m still dreaming of watching a Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park — and for this to happen, both Mick & Co. and Cure Girls will need science walking by our sides. “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes…”

Cure Girl Sabrina

Settembre 2016 – Aggiornamenti da Londra

CG at Spinal Reseach Meeting Londra Settembre 2016Chi ci segue sui social avrà notato che nei giorni scorsi io e Marina ci siamo recate a Londra e insieme alla Cure Girl Lolly siamo state prima alla Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) e in seguito abbiamo incontrato alcuni ricercatori presenti all’annuale meeting scientifico organizzato dalla fondazione Spinal Research. Come ricorderete lo scorso anno avevamo donato più di 70.000 € alla Nsif per supportare il progetto Anglo-Polacco del prof. Raisman e del dr. Tabakow, siamo quindi andate a sentire come procedevano le cose.

Ci è stato confermato che al momento si stanno selezionando i due prossimi pazientiCure Girls at NSIF Settembre 2016 e quindi tra pochi mesi dovrebbe prendere il via la nuova sperimentazione che speriamo si concluda positivamente confermando o addirittura migliorando i risultati riscontrati sul primo paziente che era stato sottoposto al trattamento.

Rientrate in hotel, è stato un gran piacere incontrare, direttamente dalla Case Western Reserve University di Cleveland, il prof. Jerry Silver.La sua positività ci ha contagiato e i promettenti risultati della ricerca da lui svolta sulle lesioni spinali croniche, presentati al meeting di Spinal Research dalla sua collaboratrice Philippa Warren, verranno presto pubblicati su un importante rivista medico scientifica. Appena saranno disponibili naturalmente ve ne daremo notizia.Meeting CG and J. Silver settembre 2016 Londra

In questi giorni passati a Londra, abbiamo incontrato tanti altri scienziati ma in particolare vi voglio parlare del dr. Andrea Tedeschi che dal German Center for Neurodegenerative Deseases (Bonn – Germania) è in procinto di trasferirsi alla Ohio State University.  Andrea è un giovane promettente ricercatore italiano che sta lavorando per comprendere per quale ragione il midollo spinale non si rigeneri a seguito di una lesione. Negli ultimi anni ha fatto molti progressi per trovare la risposta a questa domanda come potrete voi stessi vedere dando un’occhiata agli studi pubblicati.

con-tedeschi-e-di-giovanniMa vi domanderete: “Ok Loredana ma quindi? Che novità ci sono? C’è una cura per noi?”. La risposta che posso fornirvi ora è: “Ci stanno lavorando”. Vi capisco non è ciò che vorreste sentirvi dire. Già mi pare di sentire i vostri commenti e di vedere i vostri volti. Se può esservi di conforto vorrei che sapeste che solitamente anche io quando torno da questi “viaggi”, mi rattristo perché parto con tante aspettative che puntualmente vengono deluse. Stavolta però mi è parso che ci fosse davvero aria nuova e che il mondo della ricerca fosse positivamente in fermento. Quindi non lasciamoci abbattere, cerchiamo di rimanere positivi e soprattutto continuiamo a credere nella ricerca supportando il lavoro di quei ricercatori che hanno la giusta percezione del problema e la sensibilità che può davvero portarli a raggiungere l’obiettivo cura.

Con affetto

Cure Girl Loredana

Me before You: “Can you really blame this man for his choice?”

Me before you 1Few weeks ago the film “Me before you” has been released in England; it is based on the book by the English writer Jojo Moyes which I finished reading some days ago. This is about Will Traynor, a handsome, rich, active young man, with a great career, who finds himself quadriplegic following a spinal cord injury (quadriplegia = paralysis in all four limbs).

After two years in such conditions, he decided to give himself six months time to “organize” his assisted suicide. Meanwhile his parents search for a carer, and it comes a girl next door, Louisa Clark, at the beginning unaware of the decision of his employer, but when she found out it she decided to make him live as many experiences as possible to try to dissuade him from that idea.

On the issue of euthanasia many disabled people have raised their protests:

“Why cinema depicts us negatively? Why do we have to appear weak, submissive, eager to get rid of our life if it doesn’t gives us everything we want? Life is worth living even with a disability, and it can be even happier than a life with no disabilities…” and so on.

Well, to all disabled people who got offended by this “negative” behaviour of the protagonist of the story, I’d like to say: you have made, consciously or not, the choice to live in spite of everything (that’s been my choice too so far). So live your life as you think, without worrying about what non-disabled people may think of you… because whether you’re happy or not with your disability or “different ability” (name it whatever you want, it does not change its meaning), non-disabled people will always be afraid that such a fate could happen to them, so they will admire you for your strength (someone will even envy you), but they will always think “if this shit happens to me, I could not bear it.”

Also there is no need to be scandalised by those who “accept” the dramatic decision of a family member to put an end to his/her life full of suffering.

It takes courage to choose to live in spite of everything, but choosing to die is not a light-hearted decision. It is not an act of cowardice and it should be respected.

And finally: if you are a disabled with no need to be assisted in doing the activities of daily living, you don’t have the arguments to judge properly… so please don’t play the role of moralist.

This is what Will says to Louisa about his intention to die:

me before you cover film“I don’t want you to be tied to me, to my hospital appointments, to the restrictions on my life. I don’t want you to miss out on all the things someone else could give you. And, selfishly, I don’t want you to look at me one day and feel even the tiniest bit of regret or pity and…”

“I would never think that!”

“You don’t know that, Clark! You have no idea how this would play out. You have no idea how you’re going to feel even six months from now. And I don’t want to look at you every day, to see you naked, to watch you wandering around the annexe in your crazy dresses and not… not be able to do what I want with you. Oh, Clark, if you had any idea what I want to do to you right now. And I… I can’t live with that knowledge. I can’t. It’s not who I am. I can’t be the kind of man who just… accepts”.

Just take some time to think about that… can you really blame this man for his choice?

Cure Girl Barbara

Cure Girl Lolly visit the new Central London location of Spinal Research

Lolly a SROn September 15th, I was delighted to visit the new Central London location of Spinal Research to see the team and fab new office. They moved just recently all the way from Guilford, Surrey to Moorgate, London and are still in the process of setting in their new location with new members of staff too. I had a chat with Mark and the team about clinical trials, Cure Girls new campaign, fundraising and some ideas on how we can raise the profile of the charity. There are lots of events on the calendar and the Cure Girls will continue to support Spinal Research any way we possibly can. Italian Cure Girl Barbara Bucci is about to start a fundraising challenge for Spinal Research- a virtual cycle! It’s imperative that we support Spinal Research’s vital work that funds the research we so desperately need for a cure for paralysis as it is not government funded. A very big thank you to Mark and the team for taking their valuable time to see me and look forward to the rest of this years Spinal Research & Cure Girls events! Watch this space! #LETSMAKECHRONICSPINALCORDINJURYCURABLE

Cure Girl Lolly.

#‎WalkingWednesday‬

Walking Wednesday

August 12th 2015 saw the launch of an exciting new Cure Girls’ initiative. It’s called #WalkingWednesday.
It’s an international campaign and the goal is to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for paralysis caused by chronic spinal cord injury.
To participate in this campaign is very very, easy. Every Wednesday, simply use social media to post a photo of yourself before your spinal cord injury (SCI). Then we’ll share your picture on the #walkingwednesday FB page and in order to make it visible to everybody we ask you to set the privacy setting of the picture on “public”. Ask all your SCI contacts to do the same!
In order to give meaning to this campaign, we’re asking participants to include in their #WalkingWednesday post information about organisations that are working hard to get us out of wheelchairs.

Here are some suggestions of organisations that doing great work; please remember to add to your post!
Endparalysis Foundation http://endparalysis.org
Marina Romoli Onlus http://www.marinaromolionlus.org
Nicholls Spinal Cord Injury Foundation http://www.nsif.org.uk
Spinal Research http://www.spinal-research.org
Unite 2 Fight Paralysis http://www.u2fp.org

The Cure Girls want to reach as many people as possible so be sure to invite all your non SCI contacts to share your status. Don’t forget: #WalkingWednesday #CureGirls

Many thanks,
The Cure Girls.

#‎WalkingWednesday‬: Come partecipare alla nuova campagna di sensibilizzazione delle Cure Girls

Walking Wednesday

Il 12 agosto 2015 è partita la nuova campagna internazionale delle Cure Girls. L’intento è quello di sfruttare la visibilità che offrono i social media per sensibilizzare sull’urgenza di trovare presto una cura per la paralisi e raccogliere fondi da destinare ai ricercatori che perseguono questo obiettivo.

Partecipare a questa campagna è molto semplice, infatti è sufficiente ogni mercoledì postare su facebook e sugli altri social in cui si ha un account una propria foto prima della lesione midollare e nello spazio dedicato alla descrizione dell’immagine:

  1. Invitare tutti le persone con Lesione spinale a fare lo stesso;
  2. Invitare i propri contatti a supportare una fondazione/associazione che finanzia la ricerca medica per trovare una cura per la lesione spinale cronica, ad esempio per l’Italia l’associazione Marina Romoli Onlus;
  3. Invitare tutti i contatti senza lesione midollare a condividere il tuo stato;
  4. Ricordarsi di impostare il livello di privacy delle immagini su “pubblico” per fare in modo che le foto siano visibili a chiunque visiti il vostro profilo online;
  5. Aggiungere gli hashtag #WalkingWednesday #CureGirls #MarinaRomoliOnlus in modo che si possano conteggiare il numero di adesioni all’iniziativa.

Le vostre foto verrano ricondivise sulla nuova pagina FB delle Cure Girls dedicata a questa iniziativa https://www.facebook.com/WalkingWednesdayCureGirls  

La campagna continuerà a tempo indeterminato ed è importante partecipare tutti i mercoledì finchè non si troverà una cura per la lesione spinale cronica!

Grazie per il vostro sostegno!

Cure Girls