I was made disabled and in a wheelchair at the age of 26 by a condition called cauda equina syndrome (ces). I walked in to hospital on September the 25th 2011 and never walked out. For the first year I was homeless and living day to day in a care home with nothing. since then I lost all my old friends and the support from most of family through it all. the novelty wore off and i was left to start from scratch with less than i started with. I lost my bodily functions, my job, my home, my friends and nearly all my family in less than 6 months. not only that but the care home threatened to evict me more than once as i was taking up bed space because i had no where to go. It was the streets or stay somewhere i didn’t want to be and fight to stay.
I know there are people who are far worse than me and I’ve always been proud and independent. so asking for a little help and support from essentially strangers is hard for me but I know i can’t do this journey on my own.
I worked as a carer looking after others since i was 18 until the day I went in for my second operation on my spinal cord. I loved caring for people and started working my way up the ladder so i could improve the care system.
I have to count on others to get me out and about. I currently have a manual wheelchair but suffer with a spinal injury and carpel tunnel in both wrists.so i find it very difficult to push myself outside.I am desperate to be completely independent so i feel part of society and start living the life i once had again.
Getting a long range scooter or chair would give me my life back, so I can get out and about and back to work to live as independently as possible. I have started making new friends but getting out to see them is almost impossible as I don’t live in the town center. I had to take what where the council offered me to go.
Please give as little or as much as you can or even just to read and think of my story and think how would you cope? I would be very grateful.
Thank you and with the kindes regards