• SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    For the Love of Handi Parking

    SCI Awareness Month… this is a tough one for me because I have the propensity to lean towards the negative. I would like to be positive and tell all about what he can do; what WE can do. But, when talking about SCI awareness it’s easy to fall into the complaints, anecdotes and issues that come with living with someone who uses a wheelchair full time. So, in my attempt to put a positive spin on things, I would like to educate others on the perks of living with someone in a wheelchair. They include skirting line ups at amusement parks, getting priority seating on the airplane, and the PARKING. Which…

  • SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    A New Normal

    A look back on our first year Chelsea here – I met Colleen in the summer of 2019. Her husband, a respiratory therapist and avid outdoorsman, was injured in a hunting accident on April 18th, 2019. My hands were shaking as I clumsily dialed their phone number to 1) introduce myself and 2) to ask them to be the subject of my next film. The team and I wanted to document a first time wheelchair user and their first year rolling into this new life. After a few years in documentary filmmaking I have learned one important thing, if you are nervous as hell to talk to someone, ask them…

  • SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

    Welcome to September, SCI Awareness month! This month, all our posts will have to do with raising awareness for people with spinal cord injuries and wheelchair users. I think awareness comes in different forms for everybody and it depends on who you talk to. For me, this blog post is difficult to write, not because the topic is a difficult subject matter, but because YOU, the reader of Wheel Love, are probably already aware. You know the challenges, the hurdles and the constant stereotyping of someone with a disability. So personally, I feel SCI Awareness month isn’t writing to you about what you need to know, it’s about how you…

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    Wheelie True Stories

    The New Wheel Love

    Hello again! We’re back! It’s been a while, so let us tell you where we went, what we did and what you can expect from us moving forward. Sam says… Wheel Love was born in 2016 out of a need for connection. Chels and I had needed someone who understood some of the unique situations and struggles we found ourselves in because of the fact that our significant others used wheelchairs. We needed someone who would have detailed discussions about poop and sex and every other uncomfortable, awkward subject without cringing and still show up for coffee the next time you asked. Someone who would laugh at the inappropriate wheelchair…

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    Celebrating the Day You Were Injured

    Call it an anniversary, a re-birthday, a second chance day, a chair-versary, an injur-versary, or call it nothing, but everyone in a chair has one; the day you were injured, or the day your body decided it needed wheels to move about. Some people hate that day; they try to ignore it each year when it rolls around, because let’s face it, it was a shitty day. Our wheel loves tend to have a bit of a different outlook on it. So, here’s what they have to say… James says… As of today, I’m now 22 years into a wheelchair… While most people consider this a sad day I tend…

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    The Day I Realized I’m Not Superwoman

    I think all parents hope to raise their daughters to be intelligent, strong, independent women; women who can think and do for themselves, who are successful and who don’t rely on anyone else as a source of their happiness. I believe my parents did that very well. I have always prided myself on being independent to the point of stubbornness and although some people may see that as a character fault, I don’t. I believe that because of this I am able to constantly learn and accomplish things that are far outside of my comfort zone. I think for myself, I do what I want, I feel successful and I…

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    Wheel Love Halloween Costumes

    So, apparently it’s fall now (Bring back summer!! We aren’t ready for snow!). But, fall means Halloween, which means copious amounts of candy and trying to figure out what you are going to dress up as. After a few years of hilarious Halloween Vegas trips, scouring the internet, and some epic costumes, we thought that we would reduce your stress levels and help you find the perfect costumes for you and your Wheel Love. Retired Crash Test Dummy  E.T. Christopher Not-Walken Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump Mario Kart Pac Man Joe from Family Guy Mermaid Kissing Booth Rollerskate Bonus! Want to know what Chelsea is making James dress up as this…

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    Unapologetically Wheel Love

    Lately we have been getting a lot of negative feedback; people telling us that we are too positive and they can’t relate, that the things we post about don’t accurately portray life with a spinal cord injury, that Wheel Love isn’t unique. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and their feelings and we aren’t out to make everyone like us, but, having said that, we want to explain a few things.   Wheel Love is a place where people can come to learn about the good, the bad and the ridiculously funny aspects of living with and loving someone in a wheelchair. However, we are two women who are in…