• 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

    Life Goes On

    When I sit down to write on such a broad topic as a spinal cord injury and what I’d want to share with our readers, the first things that comes to my mind is – life is fragile. This injury is not picky – it can happen to anyone at any time and it really tests your strength, resiliency and shows you what’s important in life. Having been injured for 17 years now I still feel like some days I’m getting used to life sitting down, yet other days I have a hard time remembering my “old life”. I feel like my brain is always going full speed and planning…

  • 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…

  • 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…