Ian Franks has MS and, because he has severe mobility problems, he is also a wheelchair user. Today he says don't be afraid to use wheelchairs, they are tools to help you get around and improve your independence.
I never cease to be surprised by the willingness of people to offer a helping hand. Regular readers will know that, because of mobility problems resulting from multiple sclerosis, I use a wheelchair. Several times recently when out and about in my wheelchair, while Lisa stayed at home, members of the public have been read … Continue reading A helping hand so readily offered to wheelchair-users
If you have mobility problems, getting out and about is extremely difficult. And doing so without the constant presence of a helper, assistant, or caregiver is something that is next to impossible. As multiple sclerosis affects my left side, I cannot propel myself in a manual wheelchair. So, forget any thoughts of independence. It's just … Continue reading Even a little independence is a great feeling
By way of a change, I went out and about by myself yesterday morning. I went down our road, turned the corner and then quite some way down another road to see a couple with whom Lisa and I are friends. The journey was well beyond my walking limit. I even have to sit down … Continue reading Out and about by myself
As regular readers will know, I am a bit of an advocate when it comes to accessibility and mobility issues and, from time to time, do address these subjects. Those subjects are of particular interest to me as I have to use a wheelchair as my mobility is severely restricted because of multiple sclerosis. Occasionally, … Continue reading Wheelchair user’s dream: Motorized, foldable and lightweight
The two wheelchairs I have. Left, the Invacare Mirage electric power chair and, right, the Drive Medical XS2 lightweight aluminium manual chair. It’s pretty well known, I think, that those of us that live with multiple sclerosis have good days and bad days. And I am not … Continue reading Musical chairs? Finding the right wheelchair