A spinal cord injury always comes when you least expect it. For Vahen King, her paralysis arrived at one of the happiest times of her life – an engagement – but she hasn’t let it stop her. She’s the first ever Ms. Wheelchair Canada, a published author and she works as a certified life coach and ordained minister. Reaching these goals post-injury wasn’t easy however. Vahen had to fight some serious personal demons.
Her inner-perseverance is quite extraordinary. What makes Vahen’s story unique is that it’s laced with a faith component and a love story; a man (who’s now her husband) who’s been with her the entire way. Now full of direction and determined to help the world anyway she can, she’s become a force on wheels you will never forget. Read on to learn the full story of Vahen King.
Why She’s Fearless?
A resident of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Vahen’s faith has been the biggest determiner of her life. A life-long Christian, she fell in love with Jesus as a little girl, and by the time she graduated from high school in 1992, she had decided to attend a popular bible college. While she was in school, true love struck. She met a man and 9 months later they were engaged. A week after their engagement however, Vahen found herself paralyzed.
After being rushed to the ER, she WAS diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. Suddenly, Vahen was paralyzed from the chest down. Only 24 years old at the time, she was in shock and angry with God. She did gain a significant amount of function back and is now (function-wise) an incomplete paraplegic, but Vahen uses a wheelchair most of the day (although she can stand and walk short distances).
After her injury, she doubted herself and asked her fiancé if he still wanted her. He replied, “God gave you to me. I am not going to send you back.” They married, but shortly afterwards the couple began to encounter difficulties. Vahen had a miscarriage, and after graduating from college, she didn’t feel grounded. Someho, Vahen overcame her depression by restoring her faith, and was able to become a certified life coach as well and an ordained minister. Vahen is now focused on helping others.
She also wrote an autobiography in 2016 called Going Farther in fact. Her book chronicles her injury and journey afterwards. Vahen is also a motivational speaker and makes videos that give great how-to/coping advice to SCI survivors. Her YouTube channel can be found below.
Vahen is such a positive force of energy that she also won the first ever Ms. Wheelchair Canada pageant last year. She represented her country in Poland at the Miss Wheelchair World pageant last Fall. While she did not place in the top three, Vahen did win the Miss Kindness Award, which if you ask us is just as good.
Vahen is now loving life more than ever before these days. She keeps busy running her own ministry, a life coach business and she keeps a tight speaking schedule. Becoming Ms. Wheelchair Canada opened up many avenues of connecting with the media and to the world. Vahen tries to release a new video each month and she works out at home/does PT at-home often. She loves sharing her incomplete skills in these videos like walking, riding a tricycle and walking down stairs.
Vahen also sings at her ministry’s weekly service, spreading her positive energy that method as well. No matter how you encounter Vahen’s spirit, she has the ability to lift you up in some way. So many people with paralysis can be surrounded by dark energy. Her profound spirit is one to behold. And we are thrilled she’s sharing more via video.
The world could always use a few more Vahen Kings. She is truly an original.
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