When Your Disability Fights Back

Josh in his Quantum Rehab Wheelchair at iLevel

In life, we often face challenges. Challenges for a non-disabled person are completely different for those who have disabilities. If you have a progressive illness like me, challenges can come out of nowhere. It is very rare for me to have a day where my disability gets in my way, or my body just lets my mind know that what I want to do is not going to happen. When my disability fights back, it really bothers me. I always try to tell myself tomorrow is another day and if I can just get through this day, I’ll be all right.

A Normal Day in My Quantum Rehab Wheelchair

Recently, I had a day where my illness was kicking my butt. I woke up, transferred into my Quantum Rehab Wheelchair and went to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. When my tea kettle began to whistle, I went to lift it up and I could barely lift it. So, I repositioned and tried again. I still couldn’t lift it. So, I went to get dressed and it was extremely difficult for me. My body was very stiff and I couldn’t move, and my back was hurting on top of it. So, I drove my Quantum Rehab Wheelchair back out into the kitchen to try and lift the teapot and I still couldn’t lift it.

Listening to What My Body Tells Me

At that point, I myself that I needed to listen to what my body was telling me. When you live alone and your disability fights back, it can really overwhelm you. So, that day ended up being a day of relaxation and rest. I got back into bed and turned on my television. I ordered my breakfast and tea to be delivered and just took it easy for the rest of the day. Even though I was extremely bored watching television and spending time in my bed all day, I knew this was what I needed.

At the end of the day, whether you have A disability or not, we can all relate to challenges and struggles. It’s how you get through those challenges and struggles that defines you as a person.

About Josh McDermott: Josh is a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. He is a public speaker and has served as a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Josh lives in New York and loves to travel. Click here to learn more about Josh.


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