For anyone who lives with a disability, they’ll always remember the moment they heard the bad news. “You’ll never walk again”. It’s probably the most heartbreaking four words in the English language. However, most disabled people ultimately come to terms with their new lifestyle. Indeed, some thrive, and go on to live a healthy, fulfilling life. Disabled people and veterans have achieved phenomenal things, and overcome huge obstacles. It hasn’t stopped some people from climbing mountains or winning Olympic medals. It’s the purest example of turning bad news into good. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s how you can do the same.
Get the financial security you deserve
If you’re struck down with a disability, the last thing you want is the worry of money. That’s why the government pays out a disability benefit to assist those in need. They are legally obliged to help you modify your home, and bring some financial stability to your life. Social security disability funds are there to take away the stress of money and finances. Meanwhile, if your disability was the result of negligence, you’re entitled to additional compensation.
Get your freedom back
The worst thing about a disability is the lack of freedom. It’s the inability to move freely, and make your own decisions. Well, there are plenty of schemes to help you find that sense of freedom again. Most notably, the motability vehicle scheme. In other words, the government can help provide a fund for modifying your vehicle. In extreme cases, a model will be designed specifically around your disability. The simple act of driving again gives you an incredible amount of new-found freedom.
Optimize your wheelchair
If you’re bound to a wheelchair, life can certainly feel restrictive. However, don’t let those four wheels stop you living the life you love. You can now purchase an ‘off-road’ wheelchair. It’s specifically optimized to handle rough terrain, and let’s you get back into the great outdoors. It will traverse national parks, and let you experience nature again. Sometimes, getting out in the open is just what you need.
Additional sports and activities
If you think a disability is restricting your love of sports, try telling that to the Paralympic medallists. A whole generation of army vets and disabled people have competed at the highest level in sports. Whether it’s wheelchair racing or amputee events, there’s always a way to conquer your love of sports. It’s not uncommon for amputees to climb mountains, while wheelchair sports are thriving. Your love of sports and activity doesn’t have to end with your diagnoses.
Last of all, it’s entirely possible to modify and amend your home around your disability. In fact, there are funds and grants for exactly that. It gives you the chance to live freely in your own home. After all, it’s the simplest freedom we should experience! Don’t let a disability grind away your pride, make changes so it works around you.
A disability is the chance to turn bad news into good. Keep a positive attitude, and stay strong!