I need a bit of advice please. My MS is relapsing a bit - my walking has gotten worse and my left leg feels very tired. My concern is this. I need to go to London for work and will need to use the Tube quite a bit. Since my walking has got worse - should I buy a stick.
The reason I hesitate is that several years ago a girl I worked with - who also has MS with similar symptoms to me - had a relapse at the same time as I did. I did the whole grin and bear it thing but she was going on the Tube and was worried about her walking so bought a stick so people would see she has a ‘problem’. Now I know it was probably a coincidence but my MS symptoms got better & hers didn’t but part of my head keeps saying that 'cause she started using a stick, she was giving in.
Now I know that using a stick is nothing compared to some people here and what they have to go through but for me, it is a significant step downwards. I’m not on medication and until the classes closed for summer I was still belly dancing. I would not be able to dance now and it annoys me, at the minute walking downhill or down steps requires careful steps.
I don’t really want to start using a stick and part of me thinks that the people on the Tube will mostly take no notice anyway (I used to use it quite regularly so I know how bad it can be). I suppose I really looking for people to tell me that by refusing the stick I’m not being stupidly stubborn.