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Woman In Her 20s Fed Up Of Using Walking Sticks Like Her Grandma's So Created Her Own
Saturday 24 August 2019
Woman in her 20s fed up of using walking sticks like her grandma's so created her own
Hannah Hopkins, who has fibromyalgia, said her condition was like a phone battery that can drain at any time
A woman with fibromyalgia has become so fed up of people treating her differently when they see her "grandma walking stick" she has decided to create her own.
Hannah Hopkins, 29, uses mobility aids such as sticks and walkers to help her cope with the pain and instability she feels because of her condition.
However she said she receives unwarranted requests about her medical history when she uses them so has decided to create her own "upcycled" versions to change the conversation around her disability.
"I feel like my walker says 'Hey, I am disabled,' which puts a lot of people off using them," said Hannah, who lives in Caerphilly.
She said one of the first questions that she gets asked when she meets someone new is "What is wrong with you?" which she thinks is an invasion of her privacy.
"My health is not public property, I don't owe strangers my medical history. You wouldn't walk up to a non-disabled person and say 'have you had any STDs?' It is just not something that you do.
"My disability is not the most interesting thing about me but the minute you have a mobility aid that is all people see."
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