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Knowing your powerchair has got your back
Angela is an Iraq veteran who lives in upstate New York and suffered terrible pain from leg spasms that would leave her immobile for hours on end. She would often dread leaving home, for fear of being uncomfortable or having leg spasms.
Angela says her Extreme X8 changed her life; it gave her the confidence to leave the house, and even explore outside while knowing she would stay comfortable, and that the chair could go the distance.
Angela has trouble picking just one favourite feature on her Extreme X8. She says the powerchair is so valuable to her because of the combination of all of the features.
“Being paraplegic and also losing more and more upper body strength makes being outdoors a challenge,” Angela says.
“My Extreme X8 makes it possible for me to get out and about on different terrain. It’s very therapeutic for me.”
Each summer, Angela visits friends from the New York City Fire Department in Long Beach, NY. Her friends used to get Angela a beach wheelchair, to help her get out on the sand, and while she was grateful to be out there, she still felt trapped in the one spot. In her Extreme X8, she can get out on the sand independently.
“I was hesitant at first because I didn’t know if it would actually work, but then I let it rip and off I went along the beach! I was like a kid at Christmas riding all over the place.
“It was such an intense feeling! I was high on freedom I hadn’t felt in a long time.”
Angela is also able to do more activities with her son, like spending time with him at the beach and even coaching Miracle League sports.
She used to fear leaving the house, in case she had a leg spasm. Her Extreme X8 was customised with the recline feature, so she’s able to adjust her position and stop leg spasms no matter where she is.
“I felt empowered again because I knew I would be able to get back out and do the things I missed without the fear of my body forcing me to leave.
“My Extreme X8 has my back!”
Angela chose a green body for her wheelchair, and she calls it the ‘Green Monster’ after Boston’s Fenway Park.
She says her powerchair opened her eyes to a whole realm of possibilities and allows her to spend more time with her friends and family. Beyond that, she says her Extreme X8 has given her hope that she and other disabled veterans will be able to rebuild their lives by getting back into the things they love.
Are you interested in testing the outdoor capabilities of the Extreme X8? Contact Innovation in Motion to trial a Magic Mobility powerchair near you.
Magic Mobility powerchairs have electric motors and must *never* be driven through water, into creeks, rivers or the sea.