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๐Ÿ”challenging perceptions of wheelchair users

Aug 26, 2016 6:15 AM

LADIES...โš˜(and possibly gentlemen ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Check out my "shoe-porn"..."shoe-porn" allert!

... i decided, ๐Ÿชok i have to use my chair... i accept that! What i will not accept..๐Ÿซ is becoming invisible as soon as my ass hits the seat!๐Ÿด

I am a beautiful soul.. ๐ŸŒผand i like pretty things!
โš˜SHOES being my kinda porn! I know that sometimes my feet are swollen and i cannot ware shoes like these... i mean dang... i cant bloody stand in them... let alone walk in them... lmao!๐ŸŒน
But if im going out...๐Ÿซ in that chair of mine...๐Ÿช then im rocking it! โš˜

And who ever said someone in a wheelchair โš˜cant have the pretty too! ๐Ÿด

So girls...โš˜ get flowers in ur hair...๐ŸŒน wear shoes that u never thought u could... ๐Ÿ˜™get that make-up on...๐Ÿ˜‰ and start to feel good,๐Ÿ˜™ about the beautiful souls that u r... ๐ŸŒนand post me a picture!

Go on...DARE to challenge the world...and love urself ๐Ÿ˜š

Aug 26, 2016 6:18 AM

I own a wheelchair... it doesnt own me!

Aug 26, 2016 6:22 AM

Okay but those shoes are so cute and you've got great calves.

Aug 26, 2016 6:34 AM

ThanQ sweetie โš˜ no one has ever said that to me b4... i used to be 386lbs... so i do know the flip side of that coin ๐Ÿ˜™

๐ŸŒน u can put flowers in ur hair... or wear a hat with style... anything to celebrate who u are ๐Ÿค—... i used a hot glue gun to add the ribbon to these ยฃ15 ebay shoes๐Ÿ” to make them pretty... โš˜
And as for my calves... i cycle 10-15k a day on a recubent exercise bike... ๐Ÿค—and i wear compression socks at night so my legs dont swell hehe ๐Ÿ˜š

Aug 26, 2016 9:59 AM

You go, Girl!!! You ARE a beautiful soul and I just love your spirit and zest for life and being outside the box ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿซ You always make me smile no matter how things get. Those are some hot shoes momma and you WILL rock that chair!!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿซ

Aug 26, 2016 2:16 PM

Awh you look amazing hun!! I'm glad that you're still being you.

I was in a wheelchair for 1.5 years and it really got me down. Luckily I can walk 800 meters now so I don't use a wheelchair except for really long journeys but even when I'm not in a wheelchair, I feel totally dependant on my meds and on others. Your zest for life and enthusiasm are so refreshing and to hear you used to be 386lbs when I'm 122kg (269lbs) and that you managed to lose the weight despite your health problems is really encouraging for me on my oh so wonderful diet ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

Gentle hugs

Aug 27, 2016 6:57 AM

ThanQ thanQ... thanQ โš˜โš˜โš˜
That is such a huge fantastic compliment ๐Ÿ˜™ i am truly touched by๐ŸŒน ur message sweetie ๐Ÿค—

I still weigh ๐Ÿช174lbs...๐Ÿซ
๐Ÿค” (bout 12st/80kg) so im not skinny... but it does help not carrying an extra 200lbs on my back every day! ๐Ÿด

๐Ÿค—lets see... it took me about 3years to loose the weight, ๐Ÿซand as i became lighter...๐Ÿช the compression on my spine made it easier and easier to move. ๐Ÿ˜ถI cannot walk or run... but i can sit on my ass ๐Ÿดon a recumbent exercise bike and pedal ok!๐Ÿ”

๐Ÿ• I got a dog to walk next to my chair so i got out in the sun each day...โ˜‰

๐Ÿค” oh and i finally said "NO!" To my feeder of a husband who had been popping ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿงsugary treats into my captive mouth every day! Oh that was a game changer! ๐ŸดHehehe!

๐Ÿ˜‰So less in... more output!
Move it to loose it sister! ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿ˜™If anything..๐Ÿค—.if i can in anyway inspire u...โš˜โš˜โš˜ to be the best u.. that u can be... ๐Ÿค—then i am๐ŸŒน heartfeltly and personally moved by the love that u feel...โค and im right here to very gently... ๐Ÿดkick ur butt ๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š

Aug 27, 2016 7:20 AM

I love you so much lulabel. You and everyone else here are so amazing and I love you all. โคโค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Aug 27, 2016 7:23 AM

I just read your status and I get it. When I was in a wheelchair I felt invisible. People pushed passed me, stared at me, snarled at me, almost knocked me over, looked at me as if I should be dead just for inconveniencing them by using a lift or blocking their path for 30 seconds. I hope that people treat you better in your part of the UK than in mine

Aug 27, 2016 7:27 AM

Nope.. so i look them in the eye... and say "hello"... or " good morning"... they dont know what to do! ...yea i dont get out much... but when i do... im rockin it! โš˜

Aug 27, 2016 7:33 AM

Lovely shoes lol not one for pretty things myself tomboy here xxx

Aug 27, 2016 7:39 AM

I don't get out much either Lulabel and when I was in my wheelchair the amount of places that didn't even have basic access pissed me off completely. I used to do the same thing,look the in the eye and say something like "Hello, How are you?" Or "Hello, How was your day?" They'd just freeze up and look at me as if I was an alien about to take over the earth. I have to say though that some train stations are supposed to be really good and others really bad.

Aug 27, 2016 8:06 AM

๐Ÿ˜šTrue... but people are โ˜บchanging, the world is changing.๐Ÿ˜Š Even this past week i have had several poeple ask if they could help me, ๐Ÿค”just at the supermarket. ๐Ÿค—
It would appear that ๐Ÿชthe world seems to give backโค...the energy๐Ÿ˜Š that u put out there!
We have one life ๐Ÿค” and im blown if im gonna let some other ignoramus ๐Ÿด spoil mine!
๐Ÿค—There is always hope ๐Ÿค—

Aug 27, 2016 8:50 AM

I've had this experience too. At first I was very subconscious about needing assistance and felt everyone was look at me strange. However,, now when I'm shopping and even before I would teybto reach something on the shelf people would ask if they could get something for me. Once time an older women was helping me and she couldn't reach it either so she turned and asked another stranger to come over and help both of us. .ha..i thought that was kind of funny.

Aug 27, 2016 9:00 AM

Omaalordyy (โŠ™oโŠ™) *puts an outfit together and does your make up and victory rolls* ๐Ÿ‘— mhmm, I'm sorry, what was the problem? ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ‘œ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ’Ž

Aug 27, 2016 2:31 PM

You're gorgeous darling. Rock it!

Aug 29, 2016 5:32 AM

Hi there. I am new here so thought I would add a bit. When I go out, either in my chair or on my mobility scooter, I feel my mission is to change people's perception of the disabled. So nice hairdo, bright colours trendy clothes and a disarming smile (it all helps with the pain too). When i chat to people they do a double take and revise their opinion. And I also think they are relieved that you are not in so much pain that you are angry and miserable.

I also feel I am on a bit of a mission to improve disabled access for others, I might be able to put up with something but others worse off than me won't be able to, so I gently and patiently make it clear that it isn't good enough that .... The ramp is too narrow or too steep for a scooter or the counter is too high for me to reach the card machine, or they really shouldn't have piled this stuff in the aisle as I can't get past .....etc. ... Sorry that turned out to be more than a penny's worth..

Aug 29, 2016 5:46 AM

U r a girl after my own heart ๐Ÿ˜š
๐Ÿค—I absolutely agree๐Ÿ˜‰ and its so great to meet a fellow๐Ÿด head-turning-advocate for changing perceptions! โš˜
Well done sister! U really cheered my day! โค

Aug 29, 2016 5:47 AM

Blessings on you! โ™ก

Aug 29, 2016 5:48 AM

Changing the world... one trip at a time! โค

Aug 30, 2016 4:39 AM

Lulabel and JudyW5, I'm so glad that you both do this. I am a head-turning-advocate too when I was in my wheelchair and when I managed to get out of it. I complained to places all the time that their access wasn't good enough (in fact I have a few places I'm calling today) and luckily I have managed to, along wits ant others doing the same, improved access in my area.
I also just striked up conversations with strangers abs tried to change their view too.
I'm so glad that so many on here are advocates.

Now if I was a girl I child have ended that with: "Who runs the world, girls! " haha

Aug 30, 2016 6:21 AM

Its worth it ...each and every time โš˜โš˜โš˜

Sep 03, 2016 6:06 AM

I have wheelchair shoes too cause you don't have to walk in them๐Ÿ˜love them

Sep 03, 2016 6:07 AM

I cant stand in most of mine heheh ๐ŸŒน

Sep 29, 2016 5:24 AM

Ooooh Fabulous!! ๐Ÿ’–

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