We were at our first photo shoot today, in downtown Toronto. You may remember six weeks ago when we came for a tour of the iDAPT facilities; well at that time, Toronto Rehab asked Becky if she would donate her photo and story for the purpose of fundraising. They also asked if she would become a Toronto Rehab Ambassador. Of course she agreed. I couldn’t be prouder. So here we were back at Toronto Rehab again. What I didn’t expect, was to be part of it.
I apologize for the poor quality of my photos. They were taken on the iPod by Becky’s support worker. We will receive copies of the photographers work in time. This was a rare occasion for Becky and I to have our picture taken together. I am usually the photographer, and don’t really have a lot of photos of myself, period.
As you can see, this a working therapy gym at Toronto Rehab. There was no privacy at all. We had photos taken in several locations and even did a dance at one point when the photographer asked us “to loosen up”. Becky and I don’t wear make-up or jewelry, and I often don’t have time to run a comb through my hair in the morning, so it was very strange for us to really have a look at ourselves in the mirror.
We were asked to be ourselves, and we were. It was a lot of fun, but only because we don’t give much thought to how we look to the rest of the world. It could have been nerve racking if either of us was self-conscious. Becky is often stared at out in the community, for the wrong reasons. We have learned to either ignore it, or smile and embrace it. Today she was stared at for a much different reason, and it was wonderful. She was centre of attention today because she is beautiful; inside and out, and she just happens to have a disability.