Travelling in a Wheelchair: A patients’ story

Article originally published in the Hippocratic Post

Wheelchair travel by land, sea and sky; easier would it be that a camel pass through a needle’s eye. The holiday companies cheerily name themselves ‘Accessible Travel’ and ‘Can Be Done’ to tempt the disabled traveller, and, to be true, they do provide an exceptional service. Beyond their control, however, are the planes, trains and boats where wheelchairs are not welcome.

We’ve found a holiday haven on the shores of Lake Grienerick in Brandenburg, Germany: travel by hand-bike, flat-bottomed boat and even by horse-drawn carriage makes this a truly ‘barrier-free’ setting. Elsewhere, however, limitations announce themselves in a loud voice.

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WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER? by Elizabeth Hutton

Good old Freddie Mercury classic – ‘hitting the nail on the head’ brilliantly!  The one sure thing in life is that we’re all going to die – we’re all headed in the same direction – and yet it’s a subject most of us prefer not to think about or discuss.  Having faced imminent death ‘head on’ already anyway, I don’t have a problem with this at all – in fact, I’m probably better prepared due to my experience.  Nor do many other people, judging by the many advertisements for pre-paid funeral plans – it seems that many of us are now less ‘squeamish’ and being more practical.  Surely, it must be quite re-assuring to know that everything is in place and there is little for others to worry about, particularly financially.

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EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE … (Apologies to ‘The Police’ and ‘Sting’) by

Ok – so, this is my first attempt at blogging!  It will probably be best to report on my own experiences and progress with ABPA, and also to bring in accounts/ views of other sufferers of this condition and other types of Aspergillosis.  The latter two will be sourced from the Aspergillosis Support Group for patients and carers – nacpatients.org.uk

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