It’s my favorite time of the year again: fall! That means it is officially baking season. The smell of fresh warm baked cookies and crisp apple pies is what I enjoy most! For those of you that know me, you know that I love baking! It’s something I’ve loved doing since I was little. I love making cupcakes, cake pops, cakes, banana bread, cookies, brownies and so much more! I love trying new recipes all the time, especially with the help of my aunt Khatija, who has her own baking business! She has been so great whenever I need help with recipes and ingredients. She always sends me the coolest baking tools and ingredients to make new things! Anytime I need help, I can just give her a call and she’s always willing to help me out.
When I was three years old, my mom helped me make my own birthday cake for my birthday party. I’ll never forget it. It was a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, strawberries, and coconut shavings. All my friends and family always talk about how much they loved that cake and ask me to make for them.
Using iLevel Technology When Baking
Before I had my Quantum Edge 3 Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology, my mom brought the mixing bowl down to my lap while I mixed the batter or dough. Baking at such a young age, you can only imagine the mess that I made. I couldn’t reach anything myself, so she had to do most of the baking and I watched. I still enjoyed it, but there was always a part of me that wished I could do more.
Now that I have iLevel, I can elevate my motorized wheelchair to the height I need to be and reach the counter to mix the batter. I can roll the dough and open drawers to get supplies. I can reach the fridge to get eggs and milk, check the oven, and the most fun of all, decorate my creations by myself. Before iLevel, I needed help with everything. For someone who loves to bake, having a power wheelchair with iLevel technology changed everything for me. I can be independent and bake mostly on my own, making a cake for my dad’s birthday from start to finish.
Baking for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Fundraisers
One thing that means a lot to me is now I can bake for fundraisers at my school or for SMA events. It’s my way of being involved and helpful, which means so much to me. Being independent also really helps when my friends are over and we decide to bake something. I know where everything is in my own kitchen, so I roll up to the pantry and take out the supplies I need. After dinner, our parents are usually surprised at how quickly we can make a sweet treat for everyone to enjoy.
As you can see, I am so grateful to have iLevel on my motorized wheelchair so that I can enjoy doing what I love the most…baking!
About Sakina Shamsi: Sakina lives in New Jersey with her parents and brother. Although she has spinal muscular atrophy type II, Sakina lives a full and independent lifestyle. She is active in the disability community and enjoys horseback riding, baking and crafting. Click here to learn more about Sakina.
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