Hi Gary, the thought of having to use a w/c scared me to death, i have had ms 20 years now, and its only the last few years that i have really needed to use one for days out or going shopping, it took me ages to pluck up the courage to get one,but slowly i came round to the idea,i got one, and then took a real disliking to it,so i struggled on not using it when i should have,but i was very, very limited and could only be outdoors for 10 minutes at a time,
my pride keeps holding me back,and i keep having to remind myself, i am still the same person,i decided to get a mobility scooter,again my pride held me back,and also my daughter shes 19, and image is so important at that age !!
she said i would look silly and look like ‘madge’ off ‘Benidorm’ lol, thing is i do, i have blonde hair, and darent get a tan lol,but i told her and my other half, i would rather feel silly than feel really ill all the time,so i went ahead and bought one, and its the best thing i ever did,
when i can get out i use the scooter,rather than the w/c and i feel much better than i did using the w/c, i hated that i HAD to pushed,it made me feel so helpless,but i get over this now by telling myself i am a 54 year old woman, not a woman in her 30s or 40s, i would have had even more trouble adjusting if i were younger, and i really feel for the younger generation with MS or any other disability,at least my 2 kids are grown up now,we have some real laughs over the scooter, i call it my ‘mean machine’ and every time i use it something funny happens,so it helps having a sense of humour,so maybe you could get a scooter instead of a w/c .
Try not to worry you may not have to use a w/c or scooter all that much,and try not to think along the lines ‘ending up in a w/c’ very few of msers ‘end up in a w/c’ a lot are like me, and see a w/c as a tool when needed.
I am spms with relapse and still have severe relapses,i am in one now 16 weeks,and feel really ill, and i am thinking i wont come out of this one, but i always do,i just have to try and stay positive,although just now i am struggling to be positive.
Good luck with whatever you decide and keep smiling.