• 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

    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…

  • 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

    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…