• 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 Not only is this definition old and outdated, but it is seriously lacking perspective.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;…

  • 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…

  • SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    Creating a Movement

    When I think about SCI Awareness Month my brain turns into a knot of facts about spinal cord injuries and wheelchairs; things that I’ve learned throughout the 11 years since Shawn’s injury, things I wish other people would understand, causes that I wish were more well known so they could receive more funding. I get defensive and angry when I think about inaccessibility, stereotypes and ignorance. I have to remind myself to have faith that people are good, and that they aren’t purposely being ignorant; they just don’t know what they don’t know. And isn’t that the whole point behind an awareness month? To rally together the people who DO…

  • 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…