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    I miss me

    I am having trouble accepting that how I am now is “me” and the old me is a memory. I miss her. I am sad a lot. I get mad at myself. I miss driving. I miss being good at things. How do I embrace this new, and changing for the “worse”, me. My balance, eyesight, digestive system, muscles and hearing are slowly failing. Pain is just life. Sometimes I walk, sometimes I need a wheelchair or walker or cane…I feel like a fake because I’m so different at times. I have some great doctors, and they really are trying but want me to fit into a space they know. I don’t. It’s hard to get anyone to put all the pieces together because I have so many different body parts affected and specialists don’t usually talk to each other, even if they say they do.
    I can remember “wishing” my life would just slow down because I was so very busy even though I loved being respected and needed.
    Hummmmmm…I got my wish. I don’t make wishes anymore. #ChronicPain #Depression #MuscleDysfunction #balanceissues #WheelchairUsers #Cane

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    Navigation system for handicapped #WheelchairUsers #mobility

    Do you know this problem too? I try to find the way or plan a tour on a place I don't know. There are plenty of different navigation systems. But... Non of them has an option for wheelchair user. So... If I go for the settings for pedestrian, it doesn't take long and I have to turn around because of obstacles (stair, too steep, door, too narrow....) but if I choose the one for bikes, then it doesn't take long and I end up on a crossroad without a sidepath or even on a street with speedlimit 80. It is so frustrating having to turn around on and on or even getting stuck sometimes (as too steep to turn around) We have a limit of distance by mobility and pain, but still are the ones not getting support by all these big companies for navigation systems. And it isn't just a problem in my country, it is a global one.

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    US Mighties, quick question please: Is it the norm for people to use words like 'crippled' or 'handicapped'? Cos 'Family Guy' is 😨

    Is such language still 'okay' to be on TV? I'm honestly asking, because shows in the UK don't use such language.

    I'm watching an episode of 'Family Guy'' and it's horrible! Like...the amount of ableist language and constant discrimination 🤢

    #ChronicPain #ChronicFatigue #Wheelchair #WheelchairUsers

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    How shitty was your day today?

    What if you were asked that instead of how are you?🤔 Well, I've had a shitty day today. Currently transitioning to a full-time life in a power wheelchair. 🤦🏾‍♀️ So far I've managed to crash into the dishwasher, refrigerator and scraped against one of the walls. I haven't even had a drink🤷🏾‍♀️ Please tell me it gets better.
    #CheckInWithMe #MightyTogether #WheelchairUsers #Disability #ChronicIllness

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    Does anyone have any wheelchair tips for a beginner rider?

    Hey Mighties, I could really use your help. Unfortunately my legs gave out on me Saturday night and apparently my wheelchair will be my new normal means of getting around. I knew this day was to come due to #PeripheralNeuropathy but I need some refresher training for using it in the house on a permanent basis. (By the way it’s a PowerChair) Any tips, hacks or accessible ideas?
    Please and Thank You 🤗
    #MightyTogether #WheelchairUsers #Disability #Accessibility

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    Invisible #WheelchairUsers #Disability #Ableism #CheckInWithMe

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    A Day in the Life of a PWD

    Frame 1:
    A woman in a wheelchair is traveling down a sidewalk. A couple are walking the other way.

    Frame 2:
    The woman moves to one side. The male of the couple steps off the sidewalk onto the grass. The female of the couple continues walking and chatting.

    Frame 3:
    The woman stops her wheelchair to avoid colliding with the female.
    FEMALE (surprised): Oops...I didn't see you there!

    Frame 4:
    Rolling away, the woman thinks angrily: "What am I? Invisible?!"

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    You can do anything #Disability #CheckInWithMe #WheelchairUsers

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    A Day in the Life of a PWD

    Frame 1:
    A man in a wheelchair is traveling down a sidewalk with his friend.
    FRIEND: You know, if you try hard enough, you can do anything you put your mind to!

    Frame 2:
    MAN: Anything, really?...How about the world record for jumping jacks?
    FRIEND: Well, I...

    Frame 3:
    MAN: ...or an Olympic medal for the 100 metre dash?
    FRIEND: What I meant was...

    Frame 4:
    MAN:...ooo, I know! The Extreme Pogo Stick champion!
    FRIEND: ...

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    Disinfecting #Wheelchair #WheelchairUsers #Disability

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    A Day in the Life of a PWD

    Frame 1:
    Caption reads: ME, AFTER MY WHEELCHAIR SERVICE TECH LEAVES:
    A woman is busily wiping down her electric wheelchair with disinfecting wipes.

    Frame 2:
    The woman suspiciously eyes her chair, which is looking pretty clean.

    Frame 3:
    The woman furiously cleans the chair again.

    Frame 4:
    Finally satisfied, the woman sits in her gleaming chair.

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