November 5, 2011, 10:43 am
I have been told that I was the first cancer patient to apply for a City Scooter, isn’t that strange?
Accepting my own physical handicaps and adjusting to a new life became my way forward. I have been fighting my cancer for 6 years. During these years I have never been in remission. My disease progresses slowly, but it doesn’t stop. For those who haven’t read my story, I have stage 4 synovial sarcoma and I was diagnosed at age 37. Over the years I have contracted many handicaps. It started with a colostomy. After many chemotherapy treatments I became tired, unable to take long walks. Over the last two years my left foot became partially paralysed. I also have problems with my balance because even my other foot got affected by chemotherapy. My walks became shorter and shorter over the years, causing a lot of frustration. Until one day, when I saw this 90+ old lady at her little City Scooter / Power Operated Vehicle (POV). I instantly knew that this would be the best solution for me and my mobility.
A new world opened up to me. Until that day it just never came to my mind that I could look for help within the community for disabled patients with mobility issues. Now I had an opportunity to become more independent and more active!
Since that day I have acquired following tools designed for disabled patients:
- City POV/Scooter
- Adjustable chairs for work and home
- Portable (folding) walker to get around the house and to get up from my bed as my knees hurt terribly
- Walking stick with ergonomically designed handle
- Potty, as it may be difficult to find toilets (clean or for disabled) when travelling. The potty as pictured below is special in a way that it is designed for women and it is used while standing up. Priceless if your knees hurt.
- Folding walking stick for travelling
- Portable adjustable head/back support for my bed when travelling
- Portable memory-foam mattress
- Portable raised toilet seat
- Automatic door opener for entrance and elevator doors in our apartment building
- Handicapped parking permit
- Golf scooter for the country house
- Folding wheelchair
- Folding walker with wheels for outside use
- A lightweight carbon reinforced orthosis for my paralysed foot
- Hospital bed to have at home
You may be also interested in an article about Adjusting to and life with colostomy and Cane/walking stick and its role as a “Be aware” tool, as well as an article about my Golf scooter.