I was born with a condition called Equinus. I found this out later rather than sooner when I was assessed for problems with my ankles and feet. Since that time I have suffered a number of injuries and have found that, while some go away, some of them remain and are incurable in me where they are not in others. In 1978 I managed to find myself with 2 fingers amputated and a third left to heal as best it could. That healing meant I have a finger that has a fused bone and voluntary movement only at the knuckle. My hand since then has been painful and on occasion so painful I have had to do silly things like double my pain killers. in 1995 I suffered an injury to one of my achilles tendons. I tried to carry on as normal but was hampered when the tendon swelled up so much I could not place one foot in front of the other without so much pain I would have welcomed the offending foot being removed there and then. Unfortunately, my attempt to cary on working made it so that the other ankle was over-worked and it too swelled and thus I had tendonitis in both achilles tendons.
By the year 2000 I had managed to be off work twice with the second time being the more intense. I have been unable to work since. in the past 10 years I have been having problems with my feet yet again and this time I found I have Plantar Fasciitis, in both feet. That means the tendon that is web like on the sole of the foot has inflamed muscled attached to it. The usual treatment for this is to use insoles, however the more extreme the attempt to sort the problem the worse it has become. I have now got to the stage I use a wheelchair a lot of the time to allow me mobility.
If you add a few other problems i have to live with, like oesophageal acid reflux (i was born with the sphincter at the top of the stomach open and inactive) and irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression and ptsd, it could be said my life is a complete mess. I however do manage to carry on and do what i can to help others with their own forms of disabilities and illness’s.
I volunteer with a group listed as a Community Interest Company (CIC) based a long way away from me. The internet is a brilliant tool for me to use. I can converse with others in a way that means they do not have to be face to face with me, reducing my chances of having a problem and wanting to run away. It can take me a long time to write anything down and with the computer, it allows me the time to write and occasionally start over. you may ask why I am writing this down. I have decided to try to document some of the issues a disabled person in the UK has to face. it is not the most pleasant of subjects to write about and it may become more political as I progress but for now it will relate to the ways the temporary able-bodied people dismiss the person in the wheelchair or maybe that person has another disability that does not need a wheelchair. there are a lot more out there who do not need the chair than those of us that do. I do not claim to be the font of all knowledge but I do know a lot more than my peers, which I try not to show too much.