Madhavi Latha Prathigudupu
Wheelchair: Friend in Need
As we celebrate International Wheelchair Day today, my heart is filled with gratitude for my trusty companion and my true friend in need- my wheelchair.
For many years, society has viewed wheelchairs as symbols of weakness, illness, and dependence. I remember a time when I was reluctant to use a wheelchair due to this negative stigma attached to it. I tried to make do with a walker for years, but without supporting my lower and upper limbs properly. Due to this, later I experienced pains. However, as my body grew weaker with age, I had to turn to my wheelchair for assistance. But over time, I came to see my wheelchair in a different light. And to my surprise, it brought me immense freedom and independence.
As a wheelchair user, I've experienced firsthand the many benefits that my wheelchair has brought into my life. No longer did I have to worry about finding a place to sit or rely on others to help me move. It has provided me with freedom, independence, and the ability to navigate the world around me with ease. It allowed me to take part in activities that I once thought were out of reach. With each passing day, I've come to realize that my wheelchair is not just a vehicle for transportation, but a symbol of strength, courage, and independence. It has given me the ability to live life on my own terms and enjoy the world around me without limitations. I'm forever grateful for my loving wheelchair and the opportunities it has brought into my life.
With the advancements in assistive technologies, wheelchairs are now more customizable than ever before, catering to the unique needs of individuals.
On this International Wheelchair Day, let us celebrate the incredible contributions that wheelchairs make to our lives. Let us embrace their strength and independence, and let us break down the negative stereotypes that so often surround them. Together, we can create a world that is more inclusive, compassionate, and accessible for all.