Wheelchair Freedom

28 October 2014

I've seen a few tweets from people who are struggling to come to terms with needing to use a wheelchair plus some of my Drs seem to think a wheelchair was the end of my life but they couldn't have been more wrong.

So I thought I'd write a post about all the ways using my wheelchair has made my life easier and allowed me to do things I wouldn't normally be able to do as well as some plus points

I am actually wearing shorts. 

1. I can go shopping and go around more than one shop without feeling like my body is going to crumble (well at least not until after a few more shops)

2. I can spend all day going around the zoo without spending more time focusing on how much pain I'm in & how exhausted I am instead of how adorable all the animals are.

3. I could go to South West Live and spend all day listening to amazing bands.

4. I don't have to carry my bag, my chair does it for me. So kind

5. I always have a seat with me plus it has a super comfy cushion. Praise the memory foam gods

6. I could go on holiday with my friends. So far we have been to Berlin and Nice and we are planning on going somewhere new next summer.

Willy the wheelchair having a break in Cannes

7. I can actually go out and leave the house on days where I struggle to even get out of bed because I can just sit back & enjoy the view whilst someone else does all the hard work.

8. I can wear super high heels and not have to worry about sore feet or I can wear no shoes at all which is great for not getting tan lines.

9. I can go out wrapped in a blanket when its too cold and not be judged, also great for telling people you are actually a mermaid.

10. I can do so much more with my chair as I don't have to worry about as much payback, I mean obviously I still get it (there's no avoiding it) but not as much as if I try and walk.

11. Less injuries, well kinda. I still manage to injure myself sat in a wheelchair but there are significantly less injuries.

12. It allowed me to finish my A levels when I was in the worlds biggest flare up, without it I would never have got into uni.

13. It gave me my life back. I never went anywhere because I was always in too much pain or worried about how far I could get before the pain left me stranded. My wheelchair gave me the freedom to love my life.

I know it's hard to accept that you are more ill than you thought. I was 15 when I had to start using a chair and I refused to use it a lot of the time. I didn't want to be different, I was stubborn and was convinced I didn't need it. I wish I had accepted it sooner because I caused myself so much unnecessary pain. Plus being different is awesome and you can give your chair a cool name.

Would love to hear what accepting that you need a wheelchair allowed you to do

Beth...x

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