• SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Wheel Love Wanderlust

    Travel has always called to me. We didn’t do tons of it when I was a child, but what we did do had an impact on me. My parents took us on some epic trips as a child. One of my fondest trip memories as a child was when we traveled, by car, to Disneyland. There was no air conditioning traveling by car with 6 people in it (we had taken with us my 16 year old aunt), we were camping along the way in a tent trailer, and we traveled all the way down the Pacific Coast Highway from Vancouver to Tijuana playing the game “up up up we go, down down down…

  • SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Travelling With A SCI

    With all my second-hand experience, I feel like I could write a book on this topic. Let’s start with some positives! The first time Cara and I went on a trip together I quickly realized there are a lot of advantages to travelling with someone with a SCI. Priority at the airport! Skipping all those check-in/security/custom lines really is the best. As soon as staff spots someone in a wheelchair they seem to come out of nowhere and whisk you down all these secret hallways and elevators and then BOOM! You’ve magically arrived at your gate. Being the first ones on the plane is nice too. You really get to bond…

  • 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.…

  • SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    Differences Are Okay

    a·ware·ness– knowledge or perception of a situation or fact; concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development.  “What’s wrong with you (*cringe*)?” “You should put a motor on that thing.” “Wow! Your girlfriend must be a saint.” Approximately 85,000 people in Canada are living with a SCI and I think majority of these individuals will hear something similar to these statements, several times per week. I think this highlights the need for SCI Awareness month; in order to tackle the ‘well-informed interest’ aspect of this definition. Physical barriers (e.g., stairs, high tables) are a real hindrance, but attitudinal barriers exist en masse. If I could have one…

  • SCI Awareness,  Wheelie True Stories

    One Year of (Knowingly) Dating a Quad

    Hi! Emily here. For Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness month, I’m writing from the perspective of “knowingly” choosing Wheel Love from the forefront and not having to transition into it. When Will and I had started dating, he was already 3.5 years post-injury. In fact, I never even knew Will as someone without a SCI, and we likely wouldn’t have met if his accident had never happened. I often joke that I probably wouldn’t have dated him if he never had a SCI (our city girl and redneck boy roots may not have meshed that well). I want to be open and upfront about what I’ve experienced so far to…

  • 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…