Meet our Ambassadors: Teri Thorson

History

Teri worked in the software industry, was a professional dancer and fashion model. With many friends and a love of travel she liked to live life to the fullest no matter what. On her first international vacation to Australia, she got into a car as a passenger with a friend who drove to the beach. On the way there, they hit an unmarked hairpin turn on a gravel road. The car rolled end to end three times. The accident left Teri a quadriplegic.

After spending 2 months in a rehab hospital in Australia and another 9 months in rehab in Vancouver, Teri tried to get back to the “normal” life she had before the crash. She worked hard at becoming independent and fitting back into the societal mould.

 

Life as a Mother

Teri always dreamed of being a mother, and 4 years ago she gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Lucian. As a stay at home mother, Teri is very hands on with this super energetic little man. There are trips to the park, watching the trains nearby, playtime and special moments.

Lucian loves helping his mother prepare lunches and planning out their day. Teri describes his innate awareness of space and accessibility as well as a respect for people with disabilities. She hopes that he will carry this throughout his life.
Teri with Lucien

 

Future Goals

Teri is working on opening her own clothing line for women in chairs. This would be a wonderful opportunity for Teri to showcase her love for fashion and modelling, as well as her savvy business sense and previous experience.

Teri also looks forward to watching Lucian grow and seeing what the future has in store for him. She knows he has a strong set of values and awareness, which has set him on a very positive and rewarding path.
Teri with Lucien

 

Core Message

Teri’s main goal is for people to understand the wonderful family life that people with disabilities can live. She also wants to share the awareness that women in chairs can carry and birth healthy, full term babies.

Lucian and Teri’s bond is a wonderful example not only of how a mother with a disability can care for and nurture her son, but of how strong any mother and son relationship can be.