Reeve apparently doesn't allow himself any self-pity, and doesn't have much tolerance for it in others, he says. "You know what's interesting to me is that being physically paralyzed for eight years, I get pretty impatient when people are able-bodied but are somehow paralyzed for other reasons, and I'm going, 'Come on, come on, go for it.' … It took being in a chair to realize that. And so my recommendation is don't break your neck to find out that you need to fulfill your potential."
Reeve's family, especially his wife, Dana, an actress, has been instrumental in his progress. "Dana continues to be the light of my life. And I'm so glad that in spite of this injury, she's been able to pursue her own path of career," he said.
His son Matthew, 23, is a documentary filmmaker living in England. His daughter, Alexandra, is 20, and a junior in college. His youngest son, Will, is 11.
Reeve says he used to be particularly worried that his injury would destroy his family life. "My biggest fear [was] that I would have ruined everybody's life, that guilt that I had eight years ago that I might have destroyed everybody else's happiness. … But but fortunately that hasn't come to pass. Everybody's doing very well and I feel so grateful."