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This Woman in a Wheelchair Has Traveled All Over the World With the Help of Her Husband

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Giulia Lamarca, 28, is a psychologist, trainer, and travel blogger based in Turin, Italy. On October 6, 2011, she got into a motorcycle accident with her boyfriend at the time, and she lost her ability to walk. The diagnosis was, as one would imagine, absolutely devastating at first. “I was mostly sad about the little things that I was going to lose, like going to my best friend’s house to watch movies, given that her place wasn’t wheelchair-friendly,” Giulia told Best Life. “I was also scared for my future.”

She got through the emotional ordeal by staying positive, maintaining her sense of humor, and taking things one day at a time.

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🐝 🐝 🐝Titolo: sembra facile fare una foto!! (fammi una foto tipo safari ma in mezzo alla lavanda) Tutti a far le foto qui in mezzo e nessuno che spiega quante api ci siano lì in mezzo… Rimanere ferme è un'impresa APICA!!! 😂😂🍯 1-2-3 ora un'ape 🐝 punge anche te!!! #traveler #wanderlust #astrounaut #geotag #adventure #life #happy #travelgram #map #flex #portrait #explore #motivate #nature #discover #wheelchair #disability #bee #inclusion #Repost #supportive #arts #fun #mosaic #dametraveler #travelust #creativethinking #a320 #dji A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Jul 18, 2019 at 5:25am PDT

“I knew I had to be strong for my family,” she said. “I regained my sense of independence step by step (no pun intended). In the beginning, that meant just being able to sit upright on my own. Then it meant being able to go to the hospital ward. Now, it means I can drive, go to work, and travel anywhere in the world.”

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🎤 I have a message for you!!! 😊 The wheelchair should only be an accessory❗❗ You should be able to see only the person…❗❗ We are not always on that chair🔄 Let's start an hashtag: #wearenotourwheelchair #canada #canadien #jaspernationalpark #alberta #visitcanada #wheelchairgirls #jasper #wheelchairlife #wheelchairtravel #instatravel #travelbucketlist #traveladdict #instaphoto #photography #likemyrecent #follows4follows #livingdestination #passportready #passiontravel #igtravel #followmytrip #travelphotography #trip #instaview #instatravel #traveltheworld #girlspic #visitcanada #neverstopexloring #mountains A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Aug 25, 2018 at 5:09am PDT

She began doing physiotherapy treatment with a young medical student named Andrea, and—in a movie-like twist—the two fell in love.

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💥💥💥Per una volta avere il fratello fotografo serve!! È riuscito a cogliere un momento di quelli veri! Ps: Andre ha lo stesso sorriso di #therock 🤣 #wheelchair #wheelchaircouple #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelguide #bcctravel #passportready #passionpassport #disabilityrights #disability #travelgirl #loveislove #instalove A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Oct 29, 2018 at 1:14pm PDT

At first, the prospect of getting into a relationship again terrified Giulia. “My relationship with the boy I had the accident with ended really badly,” she said. “And I didn’t believe anyone could love a person in my condition.”

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… Strano l'amore 💕… È difficile dire cosa porti due persone l'una verso l'altra… Siamo così diversi… Eppure… Io così esuberante e adrenalitica e tu così regolare e stabile.. Eppure io sono quella seduta 😂😂 Ti prego fa che sia sempre così… Prendimi e fammi girare..ancora e ancora.. Anche quando ti dirò no e sono di cattivo umore… Perché alla fine questo è quello che mi ridà la leggerezza… 😍 #coupleselfie #disability #disabled #nolimits #travelblogger #nevergiveup #neverstopexploring #travelstories #lovetravel #passportready #passionpassport #womenwhoexplore #powergirls #travel #roadtrip #couplegoals💑 #coupletravel #dress #coupleoftheday #strongwoman #dangerouswoman #motivation #lifestyleblogger A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Jun 28, 2019 at 10:32am PDT

But Andrea did. After being friends for nearly a year, she wrote him a note saying, “I want to be your girlfriend,” to which he replied, “You have been for a while.”

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2016➡2017 #2017 #love #happynewyear A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Jan 2, 2017 at 10:10am PST

They got married on March 13, 2016, and, since then, have visited 25 countries and more than 80 cities together.

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😍tra le tue braccia…come sempre #ioete#weddingday#oggisposi #maritoemoglie #uniti #sposa #sposo #salto #weddingdress #amore #fedinuziali A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:16am PDT

Some of her favorite places are Asia and Australia, mostly for how accessible they are. After all, traveling in a wheelchair can be a true challenge, so she’s grateful to the countries that seem to be trying to make it easier for those with disabilities.

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🗺️🧭Ogni viaggio cerco qualcosa… Cerco di immergermi nella spiritualità, nei riti, nei momenti e silenzi…😍 Ho imparato a non giudicare e a rispettare, soprattutto quello che non conosco.🙃😊 Amo viaggiare perché mi da l'opportunità di vedere le cose con e attraverso i miei occhi, senza dover sentire solo racconti e senza avere un solo punto di vista.🤗🤗🥰 #buddha #pattaya #thailand #lifestyle #lifequotes #gold #travel #inspiration #traveller #hopefull #disability #disabled #nolimits #nevergiveup #neverstopexploring #sunset #goldenhour #travelphotography A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Jun 2, 2019 at 11:03am PDT

“Depending on where you travel and where you live, it might be not more challenging than going to work every day. For example, it’s a lot easier to travel all around Japan by train than it is to shop here in Italy,” she said.

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This adventure is just like I expected… Me on your back, walking through the jungle to swim in a crystalline pure river!!! Credit to Nando (our guide) for taking the picture. We will show you in the next days how we truly got here!! 📍Blue river, Kali Biru, Raja Ampat. 🇮🇩 #wheelchair #disability #explorerajaampat #adapted #survive #dailylife #traveller #travelust #backpackers #womenwhoexplore #natgeotravel #natgeo #nature #rajaampat #exploretheworld #couplestravelgoals #couplevideos #couplesgoals #holiday #summer #summervibes #instatravel #travellife #lifequotes #backpackers #indonesia_photography #indonesian A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Aug 11, 2019 at 6:19am PDT

Of course, Andrea is always there to help. When they reach an area where her wheelchair cannot follow, he carries her—up thousands of steps and onto glaciers.

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This is a story that deserves to be told! my husband has done with me over 1000 steps to bring me to the top of this sacred rock! you're my hero! 💕 #instatravel #travelmemories #lifeofexploring #travelingram #travelgram #travelstories #passionpassport #travelgo #wanderlust #mytravelgram #lifeintravel #comeandsee #travelinspired #travelblogger #beautifuldestination #travelbloggerlife #travelstyle #travelpics #travellingthroughtheworld #igtravel #whellchairlife #iuliabarton A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Sep 25, 2017 at 4:15am PDT

What’s more romantic than that?

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🔹🚻Make beautiful dreams. Actually, make them with someone. Together they are worth more. Paradise place ❗❗❗ #salardeuyuni #bolivia #igers #amazing #views #livingdestination #travelgram #instatravel #passportready #passiontravel #boliviana #dakar #sunset🌅 #travelbook #instalike #instago #uyuni #desert #salt #loving #iamatraveler #travelbloggers #travelphotography #followmytrip #trips #like4like #follow4follow #shot #southamerica #northface A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Jan 9, 2018 at 11:59am PST

Giulia hopes that her story will inspire people and help anyone who has paraplegia know that they can still find love and achieve all of their hopes and dreams despite their seemingly physical limitations.

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Lake Louise è uno dei luoghi simbolo dei parchi del Canada! Quindi è una tappa obbligatoria da fare quando si decide di visitare il parco di Banff. Accessibilità 100% (Sedia a rotelle e passeggini per bambini) ♿ se decidete di andare ricordatevi di portarvi il tagliandino della macchina, fatelo vedere ai parcheggiatori e vi indicheranno i posti macchina più vicini. 👣 la piccola passeggiata è battutta e si riesce a camminare bene! Quindi possiamo dire che Lake Louise si può fare in autonomia e libertà!💪😄 #banffnationalpark #canada #banff #visitcanada #wheelchairgirls #alberta #wheelchairlife #wheelchairtravel #instatravel #travelbucketlist #traveladdict #instaphoto #photography #landscape #follows4follows #livingdestination #passportready #passiontravel #igtravel #followmytrip #travelphotography #trip #instaview #instatravel #traveltheworld #girlspic #instadaily #visitcanada #neverstopexloring A post shared by Giulia Lamarca (@_giulia_lamarca) on Sep 13, 2018 at 12:02pm PDT

“If the rules you used to live by don’t fit anymore, change them, and create new ones,” Giulia said. “Find your way to be free again and find what and who makes you happy again!”

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