My Shiny New Stretto Motorized Wheelchair

One of the things that I’m most thankful for this year is my brand new Quantum® Edge 3 Stretto® Power Wheelchair. A few months ago, I got a call that my Stretto with iLevel® and a backup camera was ready for delivery. When I first found out I was receiving a new wheelchair, I was a little nervous. I was so comfortable in my Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair. As a wheelchair user, you know that once you find the right power chair and positioning, it’s very difficult to make changes. Still, I went to my wheelchair fitting with an open mind.

The Narrow Width of my Power Chair

When I arrived home with my new power chair, I was blown away! I felt like a new person in this amazing chair. After going for a test drive through my house, I quickly realized that the narrow base of the Stretto opened a whole new world for me. I could navigate through tight corners and even fit inside the pantry. I couldn’t believe it! There were so many areas of my house that I couldn’t access before. Now that I had had my Stretto Motorized Wheelchair, I could access the unknown. In addition, I quickly realized that I was no longer in danger of scratching up the walls when I took sharp turns around corners. 

My Power Wheelchair Backup Camera

Another great aspect of my Stretto is that it has a backup camera. Can you believe it? A backup camera, just like a car! Now, I can see all around me. I can see what’s behind me when I back up, instead of guessing and hoping for the best. One of the best parts of my backup camera is that I can see my little brother making silly faces at me behind my back. No more sneaking around for him! Having a backup camera also means that I can reverse my motorized wheelchair into an elevator without assistance. It makes me feel so independent. 

My Wheelchair Positioning

I love how my new wheelchair positions me. I feel like I’m sitting much straighter and I can use my arms even better than before. The wheelchair cushion is much more comfortable and the power chair headrest ensures that I don’t need a neck strap anymore. I look so much straighter in my pictures and feel even more confident.

Taking My Stretto to School

Recently, I went to school with my Stretto for the first time. I navigated hallways smoothly and discovered how easy it was for me to maneuver myself around desks to get where I needed to be. The icing on the cake is that my backup camera allows me to see kids behind me in class who I didn’t even know sat behind me. When I’m going through the hallways between classes, I can now see the herd of kids behind me and that helps me position myself so I’m not in the way.

I’m so happy and thankful to have this brand-new chair. I feel blessed and excited for many more Stretto-rific adventures to come!

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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