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Yes, I’ve been gone a while…a long while. I’ve had some other physical and subsequent mental issues. I don’t really want to talk about them. It enhances the stress and potential depression. I read an article that explains the MIA from blogging probably better than I could.

Isolation: When Our Disease Makes Us Withdraw

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just continuing like I was never gone…

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Wheelchair Fashion

Okay, THIS makes me sad:

It’s a ruana called Tassels and Scrolls. I love it! The colors, the style, not the boots, but with black leggings; SO Nani! I can totally afford it, so why does it make me sad? I can see those gorgeous long fringed hems getting stuck and subsequently ripped in the wheels of my wheelchair.

It’s not a one thing in the online store either! There are these ones in style and color that seem made for me too:

Wine Country Ruana

Willow Cardigan

I love fringe and dangly things, always have. But even my favorite type of jewelry, bracelets, battle with the chair for existence! That’s not so true with the power chair because I’m using the toggle controller, but when David and I go out someplace nice or if I go out with friends it’s usually with the manual chair. Kelly made me a wonderful Pandora-style bracelet with very personal charms, 4 of them dangly. Three of them got caught in the wheels and were flung off to the side, and lost. Even my medic alert charm was ripped from the bracelets.

I’ll be honest, through dealing with getting used to MS, the chair and dealing with the depression I shook in March after actually living with it for a couple of years I’d abandoned my personal style. I’d try to get it back, but the depression thing had me giving up pretty easy. Well now; no more!

Kelly visits, then Rina and I see family in Michigan. Then I travel for a week with David. I’ve not been so good at counting my Weight Watcher points. I need incentive, rewards. So here it goes.

I’m going to reward myself for every ten pounds lost. With slow and healthy loss that’s about once a month. I’ll give myself one piece of clothing or costume jewelry as a reward. I’m not going to lament what I can’t wear in a wheelchair because what I can’t wear in a chair just looks foolish like I didn’t know how to dress. Besides long uneven hems with fringe look better standing up. There are lacy and dangly things that are still Nani-style and cute when sitting without winding themselves in the operating parts of the chair.

Stay tuned for my new style…


Edna B said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see the new Nani Fashions. I totally understand your frustration over pretty accessories and jewelry not being good for folks in wheelchairs. I'm not in a chair, but I don't like cuffs and such on my jackets and bathrobes. For some reason, they always find something to get caught on. I don't wear dangly bracelets either for this same reason.

This could possibly be an opportunity for a business idea. Creating clothing designs for folks in wheelchairs. Hmmmmm?

I'm off to make a fresh cup of coffee. You have a wonderful day Nani. Hugs, Edna B.

Christine Kajfasz said...

I totally believe in the reward system, Nani. I've always lived with the delayed gratification approach. If anyone can do this it's you! Can't wait to see the fashion shows!!

April said...

I think it's wonderful what you've decided to do with a rewards system. I have no doubt that you'll reach your goals! I wrote a post this morning about my older daughter's boyfriend who is a paraplegic...just met him on Saturday. I would sure appreciate your insight on the matter.