“She Thrives Again.“
In her hospital bed, Amanda Boxtel, 24 years old was informed by the doctor that she won’t walk again. She got an accident while skiing and shattered her four vertebrae, paralyzing from the waist downwards. She says she practiced aerobics dancing and bikes were also her favorite early in the 80s. now at the 50s feels invincible. All these changed in what seems like just a second.
For 26 years, Boxtel has been mountain biking, skiing, parasailing, and traveling across the world in her adventures despite the injury she got. She says, “Destiny waits for no woman.” She says that after starting her own fitness regimen, she found new life in it since the technology present today was not there 20 years ago.
She learned and used bionic exoskeleton suits, which she adopted in 2010. The machine preferably was used for people with mobility issues. She excelled in them leading to purchasing of her own 18 years ago. She took 130,000 steps in the machine, acknowledging its sweetness. She loved that suit so much because it helped her improve her health, the chronic pain started to decrease leaving her feeling stronger and stronger.
Boxtel felt that the mobility technology machine was sufficient but the problem comes in, that it is very expensive for some people in the community who have the mobility issues to afford it. Since the equipment was adjustable, she wanted to figure it in the community up and walking with this unit. She started a Bridging Bionic in 2014. She opened the non-profit organization near Aspen, Colorado for people with mobility impairments to easily get the high tech physical therapy.
This program features two local fitness facilities. The standardized groups have each a therapist who attends to a client one on one, individualizing their mobility issues to create plans. The plans are based ranging from spinal cord injuries to neurological disorders like sclerosis that is multiple, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy.
Boxtel had got this idea that she implemented about a health club that promoted the well-being of the community. The idea was allowing someone to walk through the exoskeleton practicing physical therapy, alongside someone on a treadmill. Through this exercise, Boxtel wanted to create the awareness about bridging people from the community to get out from their homes and participate in the exercise. The disability can be socially isolating.
The therapeutic sessions are provided by the organization to the people to help them overcome their injuries, something the doctors thought was impossible. So far the organization has helped 60 people in this.
Boxtel says that some people who wish to access the facilities on a daily basis, even from their homes, the organization comes in and help raise the funds through campaigns to purchase the advanced technology equipment. The greater the chances of accessing it helps with the secondary complications and recovery. They also provide fundraising materials and ideas that contribute to accessing these facilities. Boxtel’s goal is that everybody should be able to access the equipment. She farther says people should believe in themselves, it’s not yet over. They can recover. #Rewordit