Anna still enjoys the beautiful places she has always loved.
After having a lifestyle consisting of physical motion and incredible vistas Anna was afraid her spinal cord injury would keep her from old passions. “The fear of suddenly losing the ability to reach my favorite remote and wild places was synonymous with the loss of physical mobility and autonomy. This fear fueled an intense drive from early on to figure out whatever means necessary to get to the places that were most important to me.”
She is not only back to adaptive versions of her old favorites but has picked up new ones including sit skiing and offroad handcycling.
What advice would Anne give herself at the time of her injury?
“A wheelchair doesn’t mean your future will be confined to the humdrum paths others have paved. You will soon return to the places and experiences you love and discover so many new ones. Keep meeting people and learn from them. Keep pushing your boundaries and questioning what you’re ‘supposed’ to do. All of our experiences play a hand in molding us, no single thing, good or bad, defines us”
You can follow Anna’s adventures at @peaksandpuddles