Just a 20-something living my life day to day, despite the pain.
I know it's terrifying. Been there, done that. You're not alone and we're all here for you. Ultimately, it will be an improvement in your life. I gave up shopping, malls, (christmas shopping!), going places where there is often little/bad seating like bars or a lot of standing, but now I can do these things. It's not a cure-all--a lot of places aren't accessible, but it is what you make of it. If you go into feeling totally ashamed and embarrassed (as I did) then it won't work for you or feel worth it. If you go into it thinking of it as a mobility tool and staying positive and thankful for the new activities open to you again (as I am now) then it will be a big improvement.As for advice: Don't try to buy one yourself from a wheelchair store type place or online. They generally will rip you off and there are just two many options/types/accessories that I had no idea what they were or did or if I needed them. First get a prescription from your doctor for a chair (ultralight if you're going manual--less shoulder strain/dislocations). Then find a mobility specialist in your area--When looking, look for a business that have people who are certified Assistive Technology Specialists. These people should be able to evaluate your condition and needs and fit you with the type of chair best for you. They normally take care of all of the insurance paperwork, and I never saw a charge from them for any of their services. Here is the website for the people who helped me get my chair just to get an idea of what kind of place you're looking for: http://www.hudsonhhc.com/I ended up with a Quickie GTi, which is has been working great for me. Best of luck, Jessica, and if you have any questions or just want to talk, please feel free. Take care and hope you are holding up okay! :Gentle hugs!: