What I "signed up" for...

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on March 15, 2017 # Lifestyle

When people learn that I met and fell in love with my husband Geoff after his spinal cord injury, many of them are shocked and cannot believe that I "signed up" to be the wife of a man living with paralysis. I'd be lying if I said it's always been easy for us, but as I learned from Dana Reeve, you love who you love and paralysis should not impact that connection.

Geoff and Christopher Reeve were both injured in 1995 when resources were scarce for individuals living with paralysis. Fast forward to today, there are a wealth of services, information and support, and most importantly, hope thanks to Dana Reeve.

But beyond resources, Dana gave caregivers an identity. So many caregivers feel lost within their role, but through Dana's words and actions, we have a voice and the courage to share our stories. I never had the honor of personally meeting Dana Reeve, but I want to thank her for showing the world that her marriage to Christopher wasn't ONLY in terms of caregiving after he was injured. She was his wife and partner, and at the end of the day, they still loved each other fiercely -- figuring everything else out along the way together.

Geoff and I plan to do the same.

All the best,

Heather Krill

P.S. Dana Reeve once said, "Love is an active verb meaning it's shown, not just felt", and with the support of thoughtful and compassionate people like you, the Reeve Foundation is providing life-changing services to thousands of individuals and families living with paralysis. Thank you.

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