• Caregiver Awareness,  SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    Thankful for Caregivers of All Kinds

    When I think of Caregiver Awareness Month and how it relates to a spinal cord injury, I’m truly grateful. It allows me a moment to sit back and be so very blessed that with my injury level, C6/7, I don’t need help with my personal care.  I was injured July 27, 2003. I was in VGH until August 29, 2003 and GF Strong until Feb 10, 2004. The care I received at both were incredible. When I came home I wasn’t quite 100% independent and the way I had things set up for showering and going to the washroom required me to have a caregiver. I had a few, but…

  • Caregiver Awareness,  SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    I’m a Strong and Independent Woman

    When I was growing up, my household was anything but the typical 1950’s sitcom, where the husband was the bread winner and the wife was the home maker. In fact, my mom has always been career-driven for as long as I can remember and I’ve admired her for it ever since. She identifies as a working woman, and is very passionate about what she does. Throughout elementary school, high school, university, and now into graduate school – I’ve noticed I’m a lot more like her than I initially thought as I am also very passionate about my work, my education, and consistently crave being challenged. I’ve promised myself that no…

  • Caregiver Awareness,  SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    Caregiver Feature: Sarah and Michael

    The Oxford definition of caregiver is “a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child, or a sick, elderly or disabled person.” Not only is this definition old and outdated, but it is seriously lacking perspective. A lot of the time a family member, partner or spouse may fall into the position of caregiver after a life changing accident, injury or illness; which is the case for a lot of inter-abled relationships. But it’s not the case for all of them. Sometimes, a person chooses this life knowing exactly what they are getting into. In other cases we end up with a duo like Sarah and Michael;…

  • Caregiver Awareness,  SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    Love is Patient, Love is Kind

    Guest Blogger: Adria Robbins Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Many of us are familiar with this scripture, even if we didn’t grow up reading the Bible. My family was more so spiritual than religious so I didn’t spend a ton of time in church growing up. I do, however, remember…

  • Caregiver Awareness,  SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    3 Advantages of Being Married to a Quadriplegic

    Guest Blogger: Stephanie Atkins Hi, I’m Stephanie. I initially met my husband Ryan when we were 8 years old in the same second-grade class but did not see him again until many years later when we were 21. I was in massage school at the time of Ryan’s car accident when he sustained a C3/C4 SCI. Hearing of his accident through a mutual friend, I pushed through my insecurities and reached out to offer him a massage on the heels of his four month hospital stay. It turned out to be the best decision of my life. We quickly developed a friendship and began dating several years later. In the…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Top 10 Travel Month Highlights

    Thank you for taking a trip with us this month as we dream of one day travelling again! We have learned a lot and have compiled a top ten highlight list from this month’s blog posts!  “Know that things will go wrong no matter how much you plan! Even in the tough moments we try to think of it as an adventure.” -Dee from Accessible Adventurers. Read the full interview with Dee here. In Chelsea’s blog post she discusses the difficulties of shedding guilt while traveling with her spouse. “Look, yes it’s a little sad when you can’t experience some things with the person you love but you’ll regret not going…

  • Wheelie True Stories

    Q&A with Dee from Accessible Adventurers

    Dee is a fellow Canadian Wheel Love, living in Nova Scotia with her partner Kevin. Together, they have created Accessible Adventurers and post content about traveling in a wheelchair. Make sure to check out their social media channels to learn all their tips, tricks, and accessible vacation destinations! You can find them on Facebook @Accessible Adventurers, Instagram @accessibleadventurers and on YouTube Accessible Adventurers Tell us a bit about your love story? Kevin and I met in 2013 when I was working as a sailing instructor for the adaptive sailing program in Halifax. We became great friends and started dating in the fall of 2014. Right from the start we realized…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Shed the Guilt

    *Warning* This blog post is not whiney or negative in any sort of way, in fact it is quite the opposite. Bear with me as I walk, or wheel, you through one of the hardest yet most valuable lessons of dating and loving someone in a wheelchair.  Welcome to travel month, Wheel Loves! If we can’t currently travel at least we can dream, plan and talk about it! Travel was never really a priority in my life or something I really thought about…until I met James. Within 3 years of us dating we had travelled all around the US and around the Mediterranean. My worldly experiences exploded when I met…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Travel: Then and Now

    Travelling for us was always an escape from reality; a time to recharge. We could leave our responsibilities behind us and explore new places or return to our favourite vacation spots. There was always some pre-planning required, but the effort was as minimal or as detailed as we chose it to be. The biggest obstacle was lining up our work calendars to match up our vacation days. After that, it was pretty much smooth sailing. Like anyone else, we expected and experienced minor issues such like flight delays, getting through on connecting flights on time and the possibility of bad weather that could hinder some of our plans. We travelled…