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September is spinal cord injury awareness month. For a long time I’ve wanted to deny the negative aspects of disability and the struggle that is often involved. I want people to see the ease with which I roll through life, my ability to do ‘anything’ and not let my spinal cord injury hold me back. Instagram is a great tool but it’s also often used for framing ones life with a filter that is often far from reality. The dreaded comparisonitis is something that gets to me when I’m on a low ebb. In my conversation with the brilliant @megan_hine in my podcast we had a great discussion about using social media positively, by curating our feeds, which I try and do. Following those that inspire or teach me something and unfollowing (or muting where needs be, those that don’t make me feel so badass). To me, vulnerability is, in some ways, pretty badass but it’s hard when it feels uncomfortable or about something you’d rather keep hidden. As much as I’m a champion for positivity, finding the opportunity from the obstacle, and the growth from the pain. We also need to recognise and respect the stuff that isn’t so shiny. For SCI that can be chronic nerve pain, bowels, bladder issues, poor access (don’t get me started...), managing care for some, barriers to travel (lack of free parking spaces suitable for a wheelchair user on the REGULAR), and more. Since starting my new role at work full time, (up from 4 days a week - damn I had it good), I’ve definitely noticed the difference in losing that time. Fatigue is a thing. Things don’t always go to plan with a disability, and personal care does take more time. That’s not to say working isn’t a positive - having spent a few years ‘living the dream’ on the ski slopes, I can truly say, the 9-5 made me far more content than those epic highs and horrible lows did. So I guess I’m saying kudos to those PWD who are working. And that life (with or without a disability) isn’t always as rose tinted as those filters make it out to be. 😜 Thanks for the 📷 @sophiehalbs
6 days ago
Une petite frayeur que j’ai eu ces dernières 24 heures Depuis hier après-midi je n’ai plus eu accès à mon compte Instagram. En essayant plusieurs techniques que ce soit avec l’identifiant ou l’adresse mail, sans succès puisque mes identifiants n’existaient plus, mon numéro de téléphone qui était ma dernière solution ne fonctionnait pas non plus. Dans les recherches Insta de certaines personnes je n’existais plus, d’autres oui mais sans aucun contenu ni abonnés, bref c’était très aléatoire. J’ai donc compris que j’avais été piratée. J’ai envoyé je ne sais combien de mails et de formulaires d’aide avec ma photo pour qu’Instagram et Facebook reconnaissent bien que ce compte m’appartenais. Et après 24h d’attente et en réessayant par réflexe, je réussis enfin à rentrer sur mon compte. J’ai en parallèle reçu un mail d’Instagram comme quoi j’avais bien été piratée. Je fais alors le bilan de cette mésaventure, ce sentiment de vide assez bizarre (qui fait aussi flipper) ressentis lorsque je me suis dis que je ne récupérerai jamais mon compte et que je serais obligée de repartir de zéro. Comme un sentiment d’être invisible, alors que pour mon entourage j’existe , mais j’avais l’impression que je n’existerais plus de la même manière. C’est en prenant conscience de tout ça qu’il faut savoir prendre du recul avec les réseaux, et surtout de se demander pourquoi nous postons ? Si c’est pour nous-même, si c’est parce que ça nous fais du bien , si c’est pour exister, si c’est parce que tu n’as pas assez posté , ou encore pour te comparer, Etc.. afin d’être en phase avec ce que tu fais et ce que tu postes Je me suis donc rendu compte que c’est vraiment parce que ça me fais du bien : mon compte m’a permis de prendre confiance en moi, de donner de l’espoir à des personnes qui sont en fauteuil, de rencontrer et de collaborer avec de belles personnes et d’avoir des projets que je n’aurais jamais imaginé. J’insiste là dessus car ça peut arriver à n’importe qui 😏 Alors je suis heureuse d’avoir pu récupérer mon compte,et je souhaite que cela continue tout en gardant conscience que j’existe même sans Instagram ☺️🤍 📸 @inafoto03 🤍 #wayoflife #wheelchairgirl #paraplegic
9 days ago
Meet Kris. Triumph met him at California Rehabilitation Institute. Unfortunately he sustained a spinal cord injury from a gun shot wound.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We supplied him with a backpack full of resources and inform him that he has a great support network, and we’ll be there to help in this new chapter of his life. He was touched to know that there is a community of people that care and want to help.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We connected Kris with Freedom to Live, a wonderful organization who provides affordable housing, expert consulting, planning and coordination of services to insure a successful pathway from hospital to home. http://freedomtolive.org⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #freedomtolive #californiarehab #spinalcordinjury #sci #paralysis #paralyzed #paraplegic #quadriplegic #nonprofitorganization #livingwithaspinalcordinjury #disabilityawareness #spinalcordinjuryawareness #livingwithadisability #makeadifference
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Meet Sierra!⁠ ⁠ Who I am?⁠ ⁠ Hi! I am Sierra and I am a kinda new coach at Ocean Rehab and Fitness! I was lucky enough to finish my degree with the lovely Megan and now I am back taking on clients of my own. ⁠ ⁠ As a Kinesiology grad, para-rowing athlete, and outdoor enthusiast, I know the importance of movement. I also know the struggle of finding movement within our days while living with a disability. I had a spinal cord injury at the age of 16 and now live my life on wheels. It’s my hope to pass on knowledge, encouragement, and direction when it comes to movement in your life!⁠ ⁠ For more information on me, check out Ocean Rehab’s website or send me your email through the link in our bio and I will be happy to connect with you. ⁠ ⁠ oceanrehabandfitness.com⁠ ⁠ #adaptivefitness #adaptive #adaptivelifestyle #rehab #rehabilitation #injuryrehab #injuryrecovery #disability #disabilityawareness #disabilityfitness #inclusivefitness #wheelchairlife #wheelchairworkout #exerciseprogram #bcmos #vancouver #bc #spinalcordinjury #ms #als #parkinsons #quadriplegic #paraplegic #amputee #arthritis #cerebralpalsy #vancouverfitness #wheelchairyoga #wheelchairmobility #injury
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Sitting here and thinking about all of the accomplishments I’ve made in the last 31 days. Especially, being able to transfer predominantly independently 🙌 This has been the hardest recovery, and I’ve never been so proud of how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. 🙏 Adjusting to this new body hasn’t been easy. However, I’m learning to take it one day at a time, and trust the process ✨ Remember to be proud of your accomplishments, whether big or small. What have you accomplished that you’re proud of? I don’t care if it’s big or small. Comment below ⬇️ I want to hear 💜 #wheelchairlife #disabilityawareness #accomplishments #celebrate #trusttheprocess #mindovermatter #inclusion #spinalfusion #spinehealth #disabilityisnotinability #postsurgeryrecovery #spinabifida #tetheredcord #syringomyelia #ehlersdanlossyndrome #spinalfusionrecovery #beboundless #paraplegic
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