New wheelchair?! :O

Hi,
Oh my word! Middle of May already!!!
Yet again this is slightly delayed.....

On the 1st May, I received my new wheelchair  :) From now on 1st May will be known as wheelchair day in my calendar, a time when I said goodbye to an old friend (or wheelchair) and hello to a bright, new, shiny, PURPLE one! (Xenon Quickie for all of you wheelchair hunters)

As far as wheelchairs go, I've never been a fan. (Various posts in the archive that back this up). It's never something I would want to use, or even use when it would probably be the 'safer' option. If you can walk, then walk- i'm a strong believer in the 'use it or loose it' phenomena. 

However we have to accept that we ALL have good and bad days, weeks, or even months. So sometimes, just sometimes we need to pack away the stubbornness (shove it in a pocket) and sit in a wheelchair despite our own feeling. The way I try to get around that is by pushing myself, at least way I still have my independence and can get around school myself, as well as being able to choose where you want to go, and avoiding running over small year 7's (not that I can talk, me + wheelchair= smaller then the majority of year 7's!!). 

I love my new chair, it's amazing! Firstly it is purple, my favourite colour, and it's lightweight and so much easier to push! After nearly 2 years of the standard NHS chair (aka- tank), which is really heavy, high back and sides it's a big change. Don't get me wrong, it served the purpose and got me around, however it doesn't compare to my new chair. On the other hand I can say that after using to my new chair there just seem to be a bond to my old chair (that's sad I know). Just like an old friend there may be slight emotional attachment to an inanimate object of a chair.....

Also the reaction which I have got from my new chair has been really good, and all positive, which can help. For the first time I have received complements on my wheelchair! Like it was the latest accessory on wheels, rather then a hindering tank that just gets in the way. Furthermore due to the lower back and lack of high side I also feel more comfortable. It feels part of me for once, rather then something which doesn't fit me at all. So I would like to send a big thanks to my grandparent who bought it for me <3

~Chloe 

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