• SCI Awareness,  Travel,  Wheelie True Stories

    Shed the Guilt

    *Warning* This blog post is not whiney or negative in any sort of way, in fact it is quite the opposite. Bear with me as I walk, or wheel, you through one of the hardest yet most valuable lessons of dating and loving someone in a wheelchair.  Welcome to travel month, Wheel Loves! If we can’t currently travel at least we can dream, plan and talk about it! Travel was never really a priority in my life or something I really thought about…until I met James. Within 3 years of us dating we had travelled all around the US and around the Mediterranean. My worldly experiences exploded when I met…

  • 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,  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

    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.…

  • 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

    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…