Two years ago, in February 2016, I made what felt like a huge decision for my health. I purchased a mobility scooter. It wasn’t something that I decided on lightly. In fact, I went through a whole mix of emotions at the time and questioned if I legitimately needed one. I talk more about all of that in this post if you are interested to read more.
In the end, with the support of my family, I decided to go ahead and make the purchase. I was absolutely fed up with being housebound and all I wanted was to be able to go to the park and walk my dog.
At the time, this would have been impossible. I was able to walk for short distances but if I pushed myself beyond that I would risk crashing. The aftermath of which would leave me in bed feeling terrible with post-exertion malaise.
It turned out that purchasing my scooter was one of the best things I did for myself. It gave me back some independence and allowed me to get out of the house when I felt able. To be able to whizz around the park and spend some time out in the fresh air was liberating. It made such a positive difference to my mental health.
Before I made my purchase, I had feared that using a mobility scooter would be a step backwards in my recovery. The opposite was actually true. My little scooter didn’t just enable me to live more, it allowed me to pace myself more effectively. Using my scooter stopped me from pushing myself beyond what my body was capable of.
Over time, as I started to feel better with treatment, I would start getting out my scooter and walk for short distances (I was always with my mum so she would hop in my scooter to enable me to do this). It meant I could walk without stressing about going too far or if I’d be able to make the return journey.
To cut a long story short, I reached a point where I felt my health plateaued and in autumn of 2017 I took a huge leap of faith. I made the decision to have stem cell therapy at a clinic called Infusio in Frankfurt. I am now 5 months post stem cells and I am happy to say that I have seen significant improvements with my health (you can read all about my experience here if you are interested).
So-much-so that I came to the decision that it was time to sell my mobility scooter. I had always hoped that one day I’d no longer need it but a part of me wondered if that would ever be the case.
There were many times over the course of my illness where I’d hear about others who regained their health. And, while this encouraged me to keep moving forward, I always found myself questioning why it wasn’t happening for me.
Recovery was always something that felt like a distant dream for me. I’d made so many tentative steps towards it but, at the same time, it always felt out of my grip.
I still have months of healing ahead of me but, thanks to my stem cells, recovery is something that finally feels achievable to me. I have made significant progress since having treatment at Infusio and I can now consistently walk my dog around the park. With my own two legs!!
I can’t even begin to describe how amazing this is. I am beyond grateful and thankful that I have seen this progress. I get emotional when I think about it.
On Wednesday, my little scooter went off to a new home. I feel really sentimental about my scooter, so I did feel a little sad to see it go. After all, it played a significant role in my recovery and made such a positive difference to my quality of life.
The good thing, though, is that it will now go on to offer the same to someone else. And that makes me really happy.
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