With over 5,000 Instagram followers, a thriving website and a bustling forum on Reeve Connect, Brooke Pagé and Elena Pauly have built WAGS of SCI — Wives and Girlfriends of SCI, for those not hip to the lingo — into one of the fastest growing SCI-related online communities on the net. Pagé, the wife of a C4 quad, and Pauly, the girlfriend of a C5 quad, launched WAGS of SCI on Instagram in November 2017, months after the social media app helped connect them.
Pagé and Pauly live in Vancouver, British Columbia, mere blocks apart, but didn’t meet until Pagé’s mom tagged her in one of Pauly’s Instagram pictures. When they finally met, they immediately realized the value in connecting and discussing their experiences and emotions. “Just being able to relate to somebody in your shoes is really hard to find,” Pagé said. “We never wanted a woman whose partner has a spinal cord injury to ever feel alone again.”
Their Instagram page quickly found a devoted audience, and they have continued expanding the resources they offer, including regional ambassadors, a forum they moderate for the Christopher Reeve Foundation and, as of earlier this year, a new website. “It has really blown up,” said Pagé. “We didn’t realize there was this number of women all around the world who had such a big need for this.”
The passion project has grown into a full-time — though still volunteer — job. They are currently considering launching a foundation. “We really love it,” says Pauly. “We’re always looking for new content and new ways to interact with our audience.”
To connect with the WAGS, or simply to see what they’re up to next, visit wagsofsci.com or follow them on Instagram @ wagsofsci.