By Hay Green in The Mighty.
I know you might be thinking, “Did I read that correctly? Who would want to use a wheelchair?”
Before you judge me, please read on.
When I was 23 I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). I had just been promoted at work, and the diagnosis of moderate ME tore my life apart at the seams. I soon had to give up the job I loved, and the rest of my busy, social life with it.
I spent the next six years (for the majority of the time) bedbound and housebound to varying degrees. In December of 2016 I contracted a virus and in January of 2017 I had the biggest crash I’d ever had — which made me deteriorate into the severe category of my illness. Before this I would be able to go out two to four times a month. Most of these were medical appointments, as I cannot walk far.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis has so many symptoms that can affect mobility. Crushing bone and joint pain, fatigue and balance issues to name a few. Most of the time these symptoms kept me indoors, but there were days when I might feel well enough to go out, but I was restricted where to go because of my limited mobility. So mainly this would be for meals, or to feed the ducks down the road — all because we can park close by and there is not a lot of walking involved.
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