• Wheelie True Stories

    Goodbye, 2020

    Don’t call us…. we’ll call you. Well, 2020… can’t say we are sad to see you go. Let us start off by saying how proud we are of all of you. You’re here. You made it through a year of uncertainty, fear and immeasurable loss. A year when our mental health was forced to take a backseat to our physical well-being and we were introduced to terms like ‘social distancing’ and ‘anti-masker’. But, we hope that in the middle of all the unprecedented chaos, you were able to find a little light. We hope that quarantine gave you the opportunity to slow down; to catch up on your favorite show…

  • 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

    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

    Best Laid Plans

    For decades, travel has always been an activity that both my husband and I have prioritized and saved carefully for year-round. We have worked very hard to make this happen and as a consequence have been blessed with some amazing adventures along the way. We long ago decided that next to nothing will ever stop our passion for continued travel and bucket-list adventures – including the fact that Pierre now uses a wheelchair. Adjusting and adapting to accessible travel has been very interesting, to say the least. In fact, some of our best successes (and fails) have proven to be almost as entertaining as the actual trips themselves!  I have…

  • SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    Top 10 SCI Awareness Month Highlights

    As we come to the end of a successful month for spinal cord injury awareness, we want to highlight the things we have learned and appreciated reading. Awareness comes in many forms and we really feel that people around the world stepped (or wheeled) up to the plate this month. We are stronger together and we really felt a true shift in peoples perspectives over this last 30 days. From blog posts, to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the SCI community felt united in its cause to educate, enlighten and inform. Here is a list of our top 10 favorite moments this month. The 3 A’s for spreading SCI awareness.…