This is just an introductory post for Rolling Without Limits. I am a 50-something woman who has mobility problems. I am not in a wheelchair but can't climb stairs or curbs. I use a specialty transit program to go places as I can't climb up the stairs of a regular bus. I have trouble getting up from a sitting positing, especiially a low chair or the toilet. I haven't had my problems totally diagnozed but it is a myopathy that is slowly, very slowly, getting worse. Supposedly I have had it all my life but no one put it together before.
It took me a long time to learn to tie my shoelaces as a child, it took me a long time to learn cursive writing which the teacher made me feel badly about, I used to fall off the wall in the schoolyard a lot. I failed gym in grade 9 because I couldn't keep up. I walked with a roll. All of this added up to very poor self esteem on my part.
My myopathy was discovered when I passed out the day after my 30th birthday which caused a hairline fracture in my skull. The tests at the hospital and the fact the doctor noticed that my left side was thinner than my right made me realize that my entire life I had been called lazy or called duck due to a physical problem. It did make me feel much better about myself.
My problems have gotten worse over the years; 10 years ago I had no problem climbing stairs and I could climb on and off the bus. But, I am lucky in that, as I said, it's a very slow decline in my mobility.
All this has given me a greater understanding of what people have to deal with every day. When I could climb stairs I never thought about it, never realized how many stores are hard to get into because of stairs or a high step in front. I think very carefullly about visiting people in their homes; Will there be stairs? Will there be a high door step? Will I be able to use the bathroom? As a result, I don't visit people that much unless they live in an apartment or a range style house. When I am planning to go out, I use Google maps to check out the front door of the place and figure out if I could get in. It certainly has made my life more insular and lonely at times.
Thankfully, I am currently working from home as a freelance writer. Still struggling to earn a full living wage but getting there.