Thursday, October 22, 2009

My friend the wheelchair

After moving to a new neighborhood this summer, I have been wanting to go for a walk and check it all out. That was almost 4 months ago and I haven't walked beyond the end of the court. I realized I have been in a slump lately and kind of blah and not really doing much of anything.
I saw my wheelchair sitting where it has been parked since we moved and completely neglected. I figured I am doing so well with walking I don't need it. Wow, I managed to not need that darn wheelchair, yeah, me. The truth is I didn't need it because I completely quit living life. I have been staying in the house most days. I have quit going out and just enjoying the weather, etc...

I decided that was it and I am going to start living again. I don't need that dang chair though. I went about trying to go out and do things and quickly realized I do need that chair for any walking beyond a few or a couple minutes. Well, I think that threw me into a depression for the past few weeks that I didn't even realize I was in until I did a lot of soul searching.

Today I got my chair out, which I am very fortunate to have. Many people do not have a wheelchair at all and desperately need it. I am fortunate enough to have my power chair. I always new if I had a wheelchair I wanted it to be yellow. Yellow has always been such a cheerful color to me. I love it. So this is me on a walk around the neighborhood. It felt so good to get out in the fresh air and cruise around.

I am going to look at my chair a whole lot differently now. It is a wonderful chair to me and I look forward to spending a lot more time with it as I jump back into life again. Jessica took this picture of me while we were out checking out the neighborhood.


  1. Debbie, I haven't talked to you about this like I have wanted to because I am stupid and I never know what to say and I don't know if you feel like talking about it. Reading this just hit my heart! I love you so much, you are my best friend, I am so blessed that we are so close and that we are such good friends even after all of these years. If I could I would take all this away from you, you are such a beautiful person and no one should have to go through this. God has his own plan for all of us, He knows what you are going through and He is with you at ALL times. You are so strong and I want to help you in any way that I can. I think it is great that you are doing this blog. I didn't even know what a "blog" was!!! You are the best person I know, you are an awesome mother, a great wife, a loving daughter and sister and you are MY best friend - you are not dystonia, you are Gods child and He sees you and He will get you through this. I am here for you, I love you always. Andrea

  2. Andrea,

    You are NOT stupid. You are the best friend ever and I love you and thank you so much for your message. I hope you do not ever feel that you cannot talk to me about anything, ever. Okay?