Celebrating the Day You Were Injured – Wheel Love

Shawn was injured May 14, 2009. James was injured June 25, 1997. Both were passengers in single vehicle car accidents.

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 to look at it as a reminder of the extra time I’ve been able to extend on this planet. Obviously, there are pros and cons to what happened to me this day 22 years ago but I think as a whole it has definitely improved my appreciation for life and those around me. Every single year I reflect on my accident, maybe not as much as I used to, but I do acknowledge it. It’s funny because I don’t tend to look back very often because I can’t change the past, I feel I can live more in the present.

Accident dates are no doubt an emotional experience for all of us and in many cases, more so for our loved ones then it is for us. We can’t help but reflect on the circumstances as the day approaches or once the day arrives. However, the one thing that we can appreciate is the present situation and how we have been given a second chance to continue experiencing life with a new perspective and understanding. Life is precious, fragile and undefined so live it to the fullest and appreciate the moments we do have since we’re all aware that there will be an end, BUT we’re not there yet…
Happy Chair-versary!

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