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What makes someone disabled enough to use a mobility aid? I've been using a cane for a few weeks now, and yeah it helps a lot. But i can walk without it. So it makes me think- am i faking this for attention? Do i really even need it? Cause if i can walk without it obviously it cant be that bad, right? Plus, my family has been calling me attention seeking for it, and im afraid thats exactly what im doing. Like, yes my pain can get so bad i can barely walk sometime. But i pushed theough it for over a decade, so why shouldnt i just do that now? I dont know, im just very conflicted and scared and confused and i want some answers on if im being ableist and pushing myself into a community that i do not belong in, as many of my friends have started calling me disabled.

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    • blah005

      353d

      I use a cane on my bad days. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using it! I joke about me being disabled. I know there is a lot wrong with me. I just don't care what people think. It hurts me when people don't believe me, like I'm faking it. I fake being better than I am because I hate any sort of attention. But if I need help, I'll bust out my cane! If it makes things easier, go for it.

    • blah005

      353d

      I use a cane on my bad days. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using it! I joke about me being disabled. I know there is a lot wrong with me. I just don't care what people think. It hurts me when people don't believe me, like I'm faking it. I fake being better than I am because I hate any sort of attention. But if I need help, I'll bust out my cane! If it makes things easier, go for it.

    • Diagnostic.Dilemma

      356d

      Learning to accept yourself as disabled is a process all on its own just know that you are entering a very loving community 🤗

    • chickybones

      357d

      Living with chronic pain sucks and aids can help give us a break when or if we need it. Im on disability but can get around and it sucks but i do Not care... if i feel like i will benefit from using an aid.. best believe i will lol sometimes i use the walmarts wheel chairs if my back hurst bad enough. Dont put too much thought into it. Just do what you can to make your body comfortable!

    • LuckieChuckie

      357d

      I need my cane for stability. Walking is slow but OK. Standing is a bigger challenge. Better safe than sorry 🤔

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There is no minimum struggle requirement for using a mobility aid. If using a cane helps you and improves your quality of life, then it's valid to use one. It's important to listen to your body and prioritize your well-being over the opinions of others. Remember, you don't have to suffer just because you've been able to push through pain in the past.

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