I’m a self-confessed contradiction. While I strive for fearless independence, I often can’t do up the buttons on my shirt or the buckle on my shoes to leave the apartment.
And driving? That’s definitely out of the question.
In many ways, my parents are more independent than me! Sometimes it feels like I’m 30-something going on 90-something.
If you’re one of approximately 18.3% of the Australian population living with disability or chronic illness, you might know the feeling of not being able to do everything you’d like to do.
The specifics and logistics of our challenges will all be different but often we’re all seeking much the same sort of things – greater freedom and independence.
My young(ish) disabled friends and I think of ourselves as optimistic realists.
We try not to let our disabilities stop us from living a full life.
But at the same time we’re realistic enough to recognise that disability brings its own set of unique challenges and sometimes we need a little or a lot of assistance to get through the day.
Often that extra assistance can be taken on by loved ones. I’m certainly grateful that my family help where they can.
But it’s only natural that they’re not always available and that’s when I look for reliable alternatives.
Of course there are taxis *looks terrified* but I’ve personally had some really bad experiences.
I trust Five Good Friends to get me where I need to go and back again. Of all the excellent services they offer, transport is definitely the first I’ll be using!
Above: My little brother brushing my teeth during that first year in hospital.
Asking for help wasn’t always a choice that I got to make. Rather, it was a necessity and I was completely reliant on others for everything.
These days, I don’t take it for granted that I’m living independently (first by myself and now with my husband).
I didn’t choose to be disabled – nobody does. But I can choose to get on with my life and make the most of what I do have and what I can do.
Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to meet other young Australians with congenital or acquired disabilities and each has had a similar attitude about ‘just getting on with it’.
Five Good Friends help us do just that. Get on with life.
Disability doesn’t discriminate by age so neither should our options for assisted living.
We understand that getting care is a personal decision, so when you are ready please call a Care Advisor on 1300 787 581.