Beki asked me to write something about not having to give up what you want to do because you have a disability, and I thought that this was a great idea.
I will start by telling you about what it was like when I finally realised that I was disabled. I felt like someone had stolen my life, I felt like my life as I knew it was over, I was scared and in mourning. It wasn’t until I had truly discovered that most of this was in my head, all these thing I believed about disabled people had in a way built walls up around me, I had made my own prison. I had to realise that the only thing holding me back was me and my perceptions of having a disability. People talked about and told me to accept or come to terms with what Multiple Sclerosis had done to me, neither of these things I would later discover meant anything and what I really had to do was learn to be me, learn to find ways around my problems and learn to laugh at where life had taken me.
Through this little post I will tell you some things that I have achieved since my walking has deteriorated, my body has weakened but my spirit has alway prevailed. The first thing I will tell you about is my need to get back to work, it meant everything to me and after being signed off because of a nasty relapse and ending up in a wheelchair I made it back to my job in the centre of London after just 6 weeks. I went out with my family and friends in my chair, being pushed kindly by them until I was strong enough to get up and then I walked with my three walker (Dylan). I haven’t made it back full time yet but I did make it back so I am proud of that. People suggested that working in London would be too hard, getting to work would be dangerous, and a million other horror stories. Instead of listening we moved closer to work making the journey easier and safer and I go in as much as I possibly can.
Secondly, I have travelled this year as much as any other, from America, Austria to Spain. This came with hurdles as when I flew to America I was still in my wheelchair but going to Austria and Spain I had managed to walk with my walker. We found that Special Assistance was the way forward and made travelling 100% easier than when I was able bodied. I have met cabin crew, pilots and ground staff who have all been amazing, helping to eliminate any stresses I might have had about travelling with a disability. Even on the rare occasions that I have met people that haven’t been so kind the others in these situations have made up for it ten-fold. Here is a picture of me and Dylan in Bratislava ....
Definitely think that Dylan brings something to this statue he he he!
Dylan and I hanging out next to the biggest pot plant in the world!
The next thing I wanted to show you is my first trip in a helicopter, it was absolutely amazing and although getting to it was a little challenging, help was required from The Man and my family to get into it, it was definitely worth it. Here are some of pictures for this adventure...
Next is the biggy, I am going to tell you about my grand plan and I know you are going to think I am crazy. I set myself the challenge of completing the Great North Run (13.1 miles) and due to the fact that I can't walk very far at all and always use my walker Dylan it seemed like an enormous challenge. I decided though that now I have this disability I can cut my own shapes in life so thats exactly what I planned to do. I came up with the plan to do a little each year and try and better myself every year, do more and more until I can walk the entire race. 5 years is my goal and this year was my first. Here are the photos to prove it...
Not sure what happened to my face, sorry to infect your screens with it.
Ghost town, last one over the line but still smiling.
Podgy bum on deserted motorway.
I guess the point to all of this is to try and show you that nothing has to hold you back. I realised that things might be different when you have a disability, but life doesn't stop. Just because you have different challenges to most people doesn't mean you should give up on what you want from life. I think having a disability has made me appreciate the things I have managed to do. I have to take life a little slower than I used to but I think it gives me the time to stop and see what a beautiful world we live in. To think there was a time when I thought my life was over because I have this disability makes me sad, I now realise that everything I do now means more to me because I over come challenges everyday, I have decided that this simply makes me a winner every single day!
Leave me some comments if you like my post, it will make me feel even more of a winner he he he!