I am excited to get my wheelchair!

Today is #NationalWheelchairDay. I have recently talked with my doctor at my local Spina Bifida clinic and I asked for a wheelchair evaluation. This will be my first. I started gradually using crutches in high school, after much resistance. As an adult, I have resisted the idea of using a wheelchair for a long time. What has that resistance caused me? It caused me more knee pain, more back pain, and a very limited social life over the past few years.

At age 44, I am excited and looking forward to getting a wheelchair. I am hoping to get a power chair or scooter as I do not have the arm strength for a manual chair. I am looking forward to being able to do things again. The only thing that’s been holding me up from going to my evaluation has been insurance issues. But starting today, March 1st, I am getting new insurance, so I can schedule the appointment.

I have a list of things I want to do once I get my power chair. I am looking forward to being able to go shopping in the mall, go to museums and the zoo, and go sightseeing outside. These are outings I haven’t been able to do for years and I miss them. Ooh, and I will be able to travel again! Most of my social outings today revolve around eating out or going to the movies. I miss being active.

I am also looking forward to getting involved with events in my area like Pride and Disability Pride, and walk/roll fundraisers for the first time. I can’t wait to be active in my communities.

Some may see using a wheelchair as “giving up”, and to be honest, I used to think that way. Today, I am seeing how much I will gain from using a wheelchair. It is not only going to give me my life back, but it will give me an even better life with new experiences to look forward to.

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