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I Am In a Wheelchair

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 330 People

    Paralyzed At My Prime

    after being struck into wheelchair through spastic paralysis by disease called PML gained through tysabri treatments for my ms, i lost old me hobbies, friends, those who experienced paralysis know the drill, as such i haven't come to terms with my paralysis quite yet, being...
    absolutelycrippled absolutelycrippled 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 26, 2012

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    I'm in a wheelchair when I was ten months old I

    fell out of my crib and broke my spine I have spinal cord injury T-11 I look at my injury as a positive I'm very independent and if you have any questions don't be shy please ask
    rayray9999 rayray9999 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 16

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    Perfect Legs?

    After I accepted that I was paralyzed I was prepared for much,- but not this. Some time now into the rest of my life, I have realized that my legs are perfect. Perfectly smooth, perfectly soft. All the bumps and scratches and bruises that normal functional legs get are gone...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2011

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    Quirking Question

    Since I desperately need to use a wheelchair I was wondering if anyone knew any other websites where I could learn about others disabilities!! Any kind of response will be greatly appreciated!!
    Wheeliegoodtime123 Wheeliegoodtime123 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 19, 2013

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    Senior Design Help!

    Hello! My name is Ellis and I am a Bioengineering student at Washington State University. My senior project is working with two other business student and two engineers on a senior design. Our project is trying to design a wheelchair. Our main focus is making the parts more...
    bioengineer bioengineer 18-21, M 4 Responses Nov 7, 2013

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    I May Be Using Wheels Soon?

    I don't really know if I belong here, but I am interested in experiences of transition into wheelchair use. I have degenerative disc and mainly my low back and hips are the problem. I used to be active and outdoorsy, have an active job, etc. but now I am on disability because I...
    LoreleiElise LoreleiElise 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 29, 2013

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    My Story

    My name is Luke. I'm 33 years old. I've had mild CP since birth. It mostly affects my left side but I can still walk short distances and use a wheelchair for long distances. Even though I have this disability I don't let it define who I am. I've lived a pretty good life so far...
    peppster1979 peppster1979 31-35 7 Responses Oct 13, 2012

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    I Feel Unwanted

    The day was November 23, 2006. It was four days before thanksgiving. I was shot in the back by some robbers who were trying to rob a store for just a few dollars and a liquor bottle. The damage was done I was left with nerve damage and spinal injury. My right leg hardly works...
    Smthtalker37 Smthtalker37 36-40, M 3 Responses Sep 8, 2013

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    I'm in a wheelchair. I have no use in my feet

    or left arm. I suffer with depression. I was picked on severely in high school so I am now homeschooled. I'm 16. I need someone like me to get me through this. No one understands. Someone please help me.
    Willowlovesyou16 Willowlovesyou16 16-17, F 5 Responses Feb 18

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    I was drivin down busy street here in the big

    city,a man in white van pulled up next to me and said,you are the hottest woman ive ever seen in a wheelchair,to tell you the truth I thought,does this make me the most ugly girl in world out of the wheelchair,i just wondered
    debra15 debra15 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 19

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    Long Time Quad

    On Jan. 16th, 1984, shortly after my 15th birthday, my life was changed forever.I was tobogganing with my brothers on a great hill. The first time I went down, alone on my back, I got covered in snow. All up my coat, pants, over my face. Not a fun ride.So the next time I went...
    shoreguyct shoreguyct 41-45, M 6 Responses Sep 5, 2012

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    i have pernicious anemia.

    It is slowly robbing me of the function of my legs. I have walked with canes for years, sometimes one in each hand. but recently have been using a wheelchair. About 4 times a week I would go to the park for my therapy walk, about 8 tenths of a mile on mostly grass so that...
    Phelonius Phelonius 66-70, M Feb 6

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    AVM Rupture

    In July of 2003 my husband, myself,our two daughters , our dog, and our cat , made the long move from Baltimore, MD to Southlake, TX. We settled in and I took my first job in Texas in January of 2005. It was part-time so I would pick up both of the girls after school. On February...
    Ruthonwheels Ruthonwheels 46-50, F Aug 17, 2013

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    Still The Same Person

    i have been in a wheel chair sence 2002. i,m 65 and single. i can stand up and take enough baby step,s to get in a car and i can drive. but i can,t go in most places with out someone to push me in a wheel chair.i,m lonely and would like to talk to people in the same boat.my so...
    lanabal lanabal 61-65 24 Responses Oct 26, 2012

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    My Insperation

    I have had more than 100 surgeries on my back and neck I am in a wheelchair. I haven't felt my legs since I was 6. I have I stump and no other leg. I still laugh and and play with my friends and cousins. My family has been the most supportive people in the world. I have some...
    Wheeliegoodtime123 Wheeliegoodtime123 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2013

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    I was born in a wheel chair an just I don't my

    life has gotten worse I wish I wasn't handicap so I could get away from my problems just for a bit
    spyroboy4 spyroboy4 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    A Part of Me - Not All of Me

    I use a manual wheelchair every day, always have, always will. I see it as a part of who I am but only a part, it doesn't define who I am. Being an optimist I see the situation in terms of things like hey at least I don't get tired from standing up all day, I get to use special...
    atomicide atomicide 21-25, F 9 Responses Nov 5, 2007

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    Almost 18 Yrs And Still Rolling

    i have been in a chair almost 18 yrs now   it will be a full 18 in  5 months   my daughter was only five months old when i got into my life changing car accident that left me a t-12    i have had life throw me curve ball the whole way  but bottom line  i will never...
    meikododger meikododger 41-45 2 Responses Oct 16, 2011

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    Part Of My Life

    hello my name is kawtar and i'm 16 years old and i'm new here so i want to share something of me , i can't walk since birth actually it's not a problem for me to be in the wheelchair because i know that i live my life like enybody else even if there is some missing pieces and of...
    lifewheel lifewheel 16-17, F 10 Responses May 12, 2012

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    i have muscular dystrophy i started using a

    wheelchair when i was 11 but i can still walk now a bit when i had to use it i hated it so much but then i realised i had no choice i got used to it after a while i always try to see the positive side in things but the always days when theres a negative side and you realise it...
    gurkiran gurkiran 13-15, F Apr 10

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    What Do I Do With My Wheelchair When I No Longer Need It?

    What do I do with my wheelchair when I no longer need it? That is a question many people with disabilities ask themselves when they decide that they no longer need their wheelchair. Wheelchair users sometimes decide that they do not want or need their wheelchair anymore and they...
    karmanhc karmanhc 22-25, M Jul 30, 2013

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    Durable Wheelchairs: What Is The Best Type Of Material To Buy

    Identifying a perfect wheelchair for your condition is a difficult task in itself, but choosing a durable wheelchair is also something to keep in mind when purchasing a wheelchair. There is some debate on the differences between aluminum or steel wheelchair frames.www...
    karmanhc karmanhc 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 30, 2013

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    How I Got Into A Wheelchair.

    My name is Casandra I am a 13 year old now entering 8th grade. On December 18, 2011 I was driving with my mom, dad and my older brother Jake. We were heading up to whistler Canada. From where I live in California it was going to be at least a 3 day car trip with all of the places...
    pandachairwithwheels pandachairwithwheels 13-15, F 10 Responses Aug 1, 2012

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    bliepa09 bliepa09 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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    Writing A Book

    I am in a wheelchair and am writing a book about what it's like to go from being able bodied to reliant on a wheelchair. I was wondering if people would be willing to share their experiences with me, whether positive or negative (I realise this request will mostly engender the...
    paulworrall paulworrall 26-30 3 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    My Wheels

    I igot my first set of wheels when I was very little. I think 4 years old. It's a part of me, who I am. When I look in the mirror I don't notice the wheelchair. I think that's funny because it's the first thing everyone else notices. The only time I actually think about my chair...
    Mananelly Mananelly 26-30, F 11 Responses Mar 6, 2009

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    I can walk with a stick

    for about ten meters before my back collapses.
    beargirlsurvivor beargirlsurvivor 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    My Question

    OK I've tried to contribute and share; here is what is bothering me: Does this ever get any easier? I ve been in my wheelchair for over a year now and I still feel as if I am on the outside looking in. I feel like I am on a cold, dark dreary, snowy night, looking into people...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 10 Responses Sep 28, 2012

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    Question About Para Walking

    I’d really like to learn if anyone has had any experience, personally or through friends, with walking with braces. This summer I met a para like myself, in good shape, thin, petite with good arm muscles. She was able to walk with braces for some distance, though she used a...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 8, 2013

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    I Am In A Wheelchair

    7 months ago I tripped over Ziggy's size 18 foot. We were at a camping 4 day Music Festival.I broke my ankle.The medical world here in the mountains mis read the x-rays and casted it wrong not once but 3xs.I'm a very petite woman who was already dealing w/osteoporosis ( as in my...
    ladymaggs ladymaggs 56-60, F 2 Responses Mar 29, 2011

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    I'm in a wheelchair I have spinal cord injury

    when I was ten months old I fell out of my crib an broke my spine so I'm paralyzed from the waist down I'm very independent you can ask me anything
    Hockeyrayray Hockeyrayray 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    Adapting

    I had my left leg amputated below the knee in 2011. At the time everyone was telling me I'd be walking with a prosthetic in a couple of months. It didnt work out that way. My first issue was balance. Even with 2 legs my balance was off and I fell a lot. With 1 it is almost...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 4, 2013

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    Hi everyone my name is Kayla I'm in a

    wheelchair due to cerebral palsy at birth I just want some more friends who are in a chair to talk to :)
    Kaylamay17 Kaylamay17 16-17, F 4 Responses Mar 18

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    I was once a clueless teenager

    who thought I was invincible. Always took things for granted. Was living life extremely short sighted. And then on June 14, 2004 my life was forever changed. Just the day before I was out swimming, rollerblading, hanging with my best friend, I never thought the next day that I'd...
    trentdubb05 trentdubb05 26-30, M Apr 8

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    My Life

    I am 16 years old and so far NOTHING has seemed to go my way. When I was born the doctors instantly realized that there was something wrong with me. I had major back and neck surgery when I was only 3 days old. Since the I have had over 100 surgeries on my back and neck. When I...
    Wheeliegoodtime123 Wheeliegoodtime123 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 5, 2013

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    What Is It About Guys In Wheelchairs That Makes Them So Attractive?

    What is it with gorgeous women who go for guys in wheelchairs? The reverse never seems to happen. I mean, great guys sure don’t go for wheelchair girls! Before I was handicapped, I was in a very deep relationship with a guy in a chair. I was pretty, then, too. Yet I chose...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 14 Responses Nov 26, 2011

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    being in a wheelchair sucks sometimes i hate it,

    i kinda feel self conscious but i try to ignore what other people think
    gurkiran gurkiran 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    SCI New Wheelchair User

    Hello my name is Debbie. In January I fell and suffered a spinal cord injury paralyzing me from the neck down. I have an incomplete injury, and I am getting some movement back on my right side, but my lack of strength prevents me from doing much on my own. I would like to connect...
    debross debross 61-65 1 Response Jul 29, 2013

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    Paraplegic Looking For Other Married Friends ...

    Hi there, I've been wheelchair bound for a little over 10 yrs after falling off natural bridge in Kentucky After falling completely to the ground I stood one last time... unfortunately that massive tree that had "saved me" had been shaken loose on my "flight'' down needless to...
    parahusband parahusband 26-30, M Aug 10, 2013

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    Everything Happens For A Reason?

    Everything happens for reason? Oh, wow. In the beginning, no other statement could infuriate me more. Not solely because of my situation, but because it brought to mind other, far more devastating tragedies people have had to endure. Or not been able to endure. I'm not trying to...
    Anewgrandma Anewgrandma 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 1, 2013

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    Recent Chair Member

      I had a spinal operation 8 weeks ago and it didnt go to plan, and the doctors paralysed me from the waist down. I do not know anyone else who is in a wheelchair, especially someone of my age (26). I have just watched a programme, 'push girls' and it made me thing about...
    keileycunningham keileycunningham 26-30 3 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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    Hello

    hello my name is Ryan am 20 am in a wheelchair i have a illness its called Duchenne muscular dystrophy yeah it will kill me but am gonna live till the good lord calls me home. My parents were told this when i was 4 i lived i great childhood got everything i wanted i stopped...
    Sammieangel Sammieangel 18-21, T 2 Responses May 31, 2012

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    Los Angeles Volunteer Group Sponsors Yearly “Wheelchair Wash” Event

    Last week in the East Los Angeles Civic Center there was some positive vibes rolling out, the reason for the jive: volunteers from “Familia Unida” decided to take it upon themselves to help wheelchair users clean their equipment. It was an entertaining event indeed, as a...
    karmanhc karmanhc 22-25, M Jul 30, 2013

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    Forever

    I've been in a wheelchair for a good 12-13 years now and counting. This sucks. -_-
    TylerIsDragonborn TylerIsDragonborn 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 3, 2013

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    Can We Help?

    We are in an engineering class, and working on a year long project. We would like to design a project to help people in wheelchairs. We would like to know what difficulties you have? What can you not do that you used to be able to? What product would make your daily lives...
    WickNit WickNit 22-25, M Oct 18, 2013

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    I'm New Here

      I'm Megan. I'm a T8/9 complete para and C5/6 incomplete. I was injured a couple years ago in a car accident. I'm still learning how to live like this, but I'm hanging in there. I'm excited about meeting others. Thanks! Megan
    MeganD MeganD 26-30, F 28 Responses Mar 12, 2011

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    I'M A Guy In A Wheelchair

    I was born with a birth defect called spina bifida and am in a wheelchair full time.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 4 Responses Feb 25, 2013

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    Dating Disabled

    hi.I have a question. I'm 18 years old and due to muscular dystrophy I'm in a wheelchair.will I find love? how is dating life for you guys and making friends also.I recently met this guy online and Iike him but he doesn't know I'm in a wheelchair. will I have to settle just...
    kiya94 kiya94 18-21 7 Responses Dec 17, 2012

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    I'm in a wheelchair when I was ten months old I

    fell out of my crib an broke my spine so I'm paralyzed from the waist down I'm very positive an independent I don't let my disability get in my way
    Icerayray9 Icerayray9 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 30

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    The Begining

    i was with my mom,sister, and my moms bf driving when he tried to pass a tractor on the road, we got hit by another truck. i was wedged in the floorboard with the engine pressing against my spine, when i was 4yrs old. i woke up in a hospital bed and freaked out, i started...
    captzaraki captzaraki 22-25 3 Responses Oct 20, 2010

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    Sometimes

    this isnt much of a story,im no poet or literary genius,lol but some of the times i have 2 use a wheelchair as its 2 painful+nearly impossible 2 walk i find in the chair it makes my back hurt so much+i find it embarrassing 2 have 2 use it as sumtimes i can walk
    happyukgal happyukgal 22-25, F 10 Responses Nov 19, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    Well I'm going through a divorce right now and there are people around me. So I can talk to them but I don't have a connection with them so I'm feeling so empty and un loved and...
    savagedman savagedman 36-40 Apr 6

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    After two severe head traumas my life changed completely. The first head trauma was after I got hit by a car. I managed to get myself back on my feet without any problems despite...
    oslo1967 oslo1967 46-50 Mar 29

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    I have almost finished going through a divorce. Yes it has been hard she has found someone new but I'm still on my own and really feeling empty. As well I use a wheelchair so I'm...
    savagedman savagedman 36-40 Apr 8

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    I've lived with this my entire life. My mom told me the story about my birth and how my umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck and how my legs where up around my head, my feet...
    PitchDaffy PitchDaffy 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    3 years ago this May my husband fell over after a week of tests they found out he had a brain tumor that was crushing his brain stem. He had 2 surgeries, 7 cardiac arrests and...
    jenjen42 jenjen42 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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