My name? Laura. And you? Well… you could be the kind stranger. Here’s my story.
I've been using a wheelchair on and off since I was 25 and now at 36 I need it daily. I'm now an adult and my life needs more mobility. My current wheelchair is too heavy to manoeuvre on my own. It is impossible for me to access slopes, whether it’s going up or down. I can’t get through patches of grass or rough terrain. And my body does not have enough strength to manage the heavy wheelchair in the long run. But I don’t want to switch to a completely automatic remote-control wheelchair in hopes of preserving the mobility that I have left in my body.
I need a new wheelchair. One that is light, one with specific powered wheels, so I can go about my day. The wheelchair that I have right now is keeping me from a more active lifestyle that I’d love to partake in!
So many years have passed, why haven’t I gotten around to saving up by now and getting a new wheelchair? One thing. I had no information. In the beginning of the journey of my changing body, I did not know that lightweight chairs exist, that there are additional parts for mobility, that there are people who actually have things like that! I was provided with one chair by the government and I took what they gave me. I assumed that it’s going to be like this from now on. I’m given what’s available. I had no idea that I had different needs. I assumed that there are no choices or options. No one really told me and I didn’t know whom to ask. Or what to ask!
All of this needs very specific and individually made gear which is very expensive. For now it is my only way towards a more mobile life. Since I can't drive a car, I'd love to have more independence with a more powered wheelchair, where these special battery-powered wheels come in. The future of technology is here. I want to use these wheels to be able to go to my own backyard by myself. To walk around the mall by myself. I need a wheelchair that is lightweight and easily foldable, so I can go on trips and travel as I love to do.
Any spare donations will go into my physical therapy exercise fund, as I have to work out with a professional every week, which already is $280 a month. By working out I can keep my body active and healthy. With a better wheelchair - keep my mind healthy!