Are disabilities visible?

This post is a week late but thought I’d give an update…

After finding a lump under my scar, I’m please to report that the cause is scar tissue.  I have fluid pockets under my scar too, these are causing some discomfort but they are only a TINY problem compared to what I’ve been through….

Mr Chandrasekar was really happy with my progress although he has confirmed that my knee will not permanently bend past its current limit.  When I have physio, I can bend it slightly more for a few hours, but I don’t think my Physio will be at my beck and call giving me massages every two hours for the rest of my life… 🙂  The thing is, whist I can walk, I actually can’t walk very far without suffering the consequences the following day, but to look at me you could be mistaken for someone who is fully able bodied.

Some daily challenges I face are:

  • Stairs, I can get down stairs if there is a handrail and there aren’t too many steps.  Getting up is a bigger struggle though.
  • Sitting down, I can sit down – if there is enough leg room! This can be an issue as I can’t physically bend my leg enough to get in to smaller spaces.
  • Getting upwhilst it’s easy to sit down, it’s not quite so easy to get up! I just don’t have the muscles to pull myself up so have to push using my hands.
  • Getting out of the carI need to be able to open the door fully to get my leg out. This can be a problem when trying to park.
  • Water, if its wet, I try to avoid it, unless I have my walking stick otherwise it could be a disaster (see next point!)
  • Getting off the floor If I get on the floor, I actually can’t get up – this has been the cause of many a laughs in our house!!
  • Kneeling downI just can’t do it….

Ive had a busy few weeks really and have done a few things that have challenged me physically.

City
I went on a training course in London, which was great, but getting there wasn’t so easy.  I went via train, direct from Warrington to Euston, all was going well until I had to get across the city to London Bridge, with luggage :/ .  The tube stations (and trains) were so congested which made it extremely difficult to get to my destination.  Forward planning is a must when going to London as not all stations are accessible ones.  When I got to the hotel I had a well earned rest while I waited for my colleagues to arrive .  I was only away for one night but it really took it out of me and I was tired for two days after.  Luckily I don’t have to do this kind of travelling on a regular basis.

Theme Park
Last week we went to Gullivers World in Warrington.  I love theme parks and rides but the reality is that I am not able to go on all the rides any more.

I would never have thought that losing two muscles would have had such an impact on my life, but it has.  I don’t let my disability affect me –  life goes on after Cancer and there are so many people out there who are worse off than me.

This post is not a moan (trust me, I am fully aware that I am extremely lucky) but to make people realise that you can have a physical disability, even if you can’t see it…..

p.s on a positive note, I went to watch Warrington Wolves train and met THE Man himself….the amazing Brett Hodgson (I’m ashamed to say that I queue jumped infront of kids to get this pic!!)Brett Hodgson

4 thoughts on “Are disabilities visible?

  1. Keith Trudgeon says:

    Hiya Em! No they definitely aren’t! What is odd is that if I go out in my manual wheelchair people are quite nice and helpful but have a completely different attitude if I go out in my mobility scooter! I’m still the same person with the same problems just a different way of overcoming them! Keep smiling hun!xxxx

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