When people see someone in a wheelchair, they typically notice the obvious fact first: this person can’t walk. But restricted mobility is just one issue that people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) must face. In fact, problems with the bladder and bowel are commonly ranked as being bigger obstacles than an inability to walk.
After an injury or illness that reduces physical capabilities, your sex life may face new challenges. It takes time to adapt to your changed body. But the drive is not lost – it's still there, and it deserves to be nurtured.
"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.
In March 1996, Jesse Billauer was one of the top 100 junior surfers in the world and only weeks away from turning professional when an accident changed his life forever. But he didn't let a twist of fate get in the way of his love for surfing.
Topics: Spinal Cord Injury