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Out & About In My Wheelchair

חסר תרגום בשפה עברית. מוצגת שפה אנגלית

הירומי קישידה

My favorite place at home

My favorite place at home is the kitchen. It gave me hope when I was feeling desperate after losing the ability to walk. After more than one year of hospitalization, I came home and found out I could not enter the kitchen. It was too narrow for my wheelchair. It was the first place in the house I asked a carpenter to renovate.

I remember clearly of the evening when I cooked dinner for my family for the first time after coming back from the hospital. At that time, I always needed someone to help me. I had to ask someone for help if I wanted to go out. I was being supported in rehabilitation sessions. In the kitchen, however, I was able to cook for others.

It became my motivation to venture out to buy groceries, in my wheelchair to supermarkets that were a little far. Every year, I polish the kitchen till it shines, thanking it for enabling me to regain hope.

A little bit of getting used to

While I enjoy trying something new in my wheelchair, there are times when I get discouraged. I have asked for some help and been refused at some places I visited for the first time. Even now, I find myself not being able to sleep with worries the night before I go somewhere for the first time.

In the past two years, I have been travelling on bullet trains almost every week. If I explain to the station staff what I’m worried about or what support I need, they do their best to accommodate me. After many months of such communication, there is no wall between us. It just takes a little bit of getting used to.

The other day, when I was purchasing a cup of coffee inside the station, one of the station staff came smiling, “I knew I would find you here.” He made me feel so relieved. When “something new” becomes “the usual”, it becomes the source of comfort and confidence.

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