When you have a severe accident or get a new diagnosis, there often are several sudden and significant changes that challenge the way you live. It is during times like these that we realize that no man is an island; we all need people in our life. In this post by Kent Revedal, we explore how to avoid social isolation and maintain meaningful relationships.
"When you’re on a race track with able-bodied drivers, you’re no longer a wheelchair user – you’re another competitor. It’s the freedom you strive for after a spinal cord injury," says Nathalie McGloin. "You want to be viewed as a person, not a disabled person.”
For several years, Sebastian Forsén has run Welltrips, a travel agency specializing in trips for people with disabilities. Sebastian himself has a spinal cord injury, and has logged countless miles through his adventures.
At the age of 9, Joel's family trip to the lake ended with a traumatic car accident and a spinal cord injury. But it didn't stop him from dancing to his own rhythm.
Photo by Hugo Glendinning
Joel’s dad was a talented gymnast, while his mother and all seven of his siblings were dancers. But dancing came with mixed emotions for Joel.