Wednesday, 23 May 2012


Illness and its accessories (wheelchairs, walking sticks, orthotics and compression stockings to name a few) can have a very large and detrimental on self-esteem and personal image. The limitations of some conditions make it impossible to wear certain things. A nice outfit which you feel comfortable in can really boost confidence. I hated having to wear elasticated trousers during one relapse because I couldn't stand up and do up buttons at the same time! The pleasure of skirts is quickly lost when ankles are bandaged up with orthotics! 

Although my experience is limited, I can identify with Ann Olivers, who addressed the issue by setting up a company that makes clothes designed for people in wheelchairs and with a range of disabilities. 


Another example of how little things you would never have thought of before being in a wheelchair can have a really positive impact on someone's confidence and self-esteem. 

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