The Best Decision I Ever Made
'I met my ex when I was 18, he was quite a bit older than me but the age gap didn't really seem to matter. I had discovered that I had multiple sclerosis (MS) about one year before we met but I was still walking unaided when we started seeing each other. We became serious very quickly and after 6 months actually I moved in with him. After a while my MS began to worsen and I began to have to use a walking stick to help me move around. I was no longer working and my MS became so bad that often I had to use a wheelchair. It was around this time he began to be aggressive towards me - he'd shout at me for what seemed to be no real reason at all...
Mother In A Wheelchair
'I've been in a wheelchair since I had a car accident when I was 16. I'd always wanted to be a mother and a year after I got married, I had my first son. When the children were young I got by through designing and modifying things to suit my needs. When they were babies I had them on a sheepskin with two wooden handles so I could pick them up. When they started crawling they'd wear a little harness or I'd dress them in overalls. I had a change table and bassinette modified to suit my chair, and used a bath that supported the babies well. The hardest part when the children were young, was the isolation. We were living in a semi-rural area and I was very much confined to the house while my husband worked.