Hi, my name is Brenda, I am 40 years old (Was 40 when I started this but Now 41 years old and soon to be 42 ) and I am disabled (I have Multiple Sclerosis) and I had to use a cane at first, but now I have to use a walker because my balance is so terrible. And I have a very difficult time walking too. When I was first told by my neurologist that I needed to start using a walker for safety's sake, I just refused to even think about using one.
Most people have a stigma when it comes to using an assistive device, Like it means you are old or something. I had those stigma's too. The way I overcame it was from suggestions on a message board that I am a member of that is for people with MS and people who know someone with MS or even people who just have questions about MS.
They suggested that I decorate my walker, so that when people stare at me, they are really staring at my creative walker and not at me. I made a sign to hang on the front of the walker that says, "This is my RV, my other vehicle is a Lincoln" and underneath that it says, "If this made you smile, chuckle or even laugh then you made my day!"
And under that in small letters it says, "(I am not a nut, just a little crazy sometimes)" I also hung fuzzy dice on it and a bike bell and a side view mirror and a horn. The ideas are endless. But when people see me, they will laugh, not at me (I hope ) but at my walker.
It will focus the attention off of me and my disability, which is what I want it to do. It also makes me more approachable by others who feel uncomfortable talking to me because I am disabled, it is an ice breaker that's for sure. There are pictures of my Jazzed up walker on this web site if you would like to take a look see, go to the Webs Album link at the top of the page.
So I am creating this site so that others can come here and get ideas or share their ideas on how you can add your own personality to your Assistive Device.
I do have a link to where you can go and post your ideas or get ideas, and I have people from the MS Worlds message board that I mentioned earlier that will be contributing to the ideas for this site.
The names of the Committee Members are listed on the Committee Members page on this website. I hope this site can help you in some way to overcome your worries of using your assistive device, and make it more fun to use it, and that way you will stay safe.
I have also created a forum that you can go to where you can post your ideas to share with everyone who comes here or to just get ideas. Just go to the link on the Navigation bar of this web site that says "Share your Ideas forum", also click the refresh button on your browser to see any new messages that have been posted.
Have fun, and be as creative as you would like. But just remember this is a public forum and any inappropriate posts will be deleted. Thank you for coming here and sharing your ideas or just to get ideas.
I have also put another page up on this site where I gave some tips for those who are in the market or may be in the market in the future for a power chair or scooter. Hope it is helpful.
I put the bubbles on this site to illustrate the freedom you will have with your mobility issues when you start using your assistive device. The song, "Lean on Me" well, I think that one is pretty self explanatory .
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