What a weekend!!
Morning everyone. Hope you’re all well.
I want to share this because I suspect there are many “young MS ers” who are probably in a similar position to me.
I’ve just got back from a lads weekend in Benidorm. I’m 44 years old and was always very active and sporty. Ran the London Marathon twice, cycled regularly and played football.
Anyway, I digress. Being young(ish) I was hit for 6 by my dx. Call it pride/vanity, but I am very reluctant to accept any sort of assistance.
So off we went on Friday morning. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous. I’m OK walking around at home but get tired quickly.
We hit Benidorm. It was extremely hot and it really knocked me. I could hardly walk. Taxis are fine, but my mates wanted to stroll around and take in the sights (!!!).
Went home early on the Friday, feeling a bit sorry for myself. I had toyed with the idea of renting a mobility scooter, but felt I was “giving in”. My mates sat me down, told me to stop being so proud and to get a scooter. They’re not embarrassed about being seen with me, so why should I be?
Thats exactly what I need - tough love.
So I bit the bullet and got one. My weekend was transformed. We could go everywhere and anywhere which we did.
I must say, I was surprised by how tolerant and supportive everyone was. Big groups of lads on stag trips couldn’t do enough for me.
I know Benidorm is set up for people with disabilities but no one batted an eyelid at this young bloke on a scooter.
The moral of the story and my message to anyone in a similar position to me, scared of what others might think, “GET A SCOOTER”.
To a man, everyone we met showed nothing but generosity and great humour.
And a massive thank you to all my mates who gave me the confidence to do it. I love you all.
Have a good day.