Down Payment For A New Wheelchair

(pictured: left - Martin Sensmeier, right - Celia Torres)

My name is Celia. I am 20 years old, and a writer and artist. I love dogs, video games, plants, and the art of film production. I spend almost all my days indoors - thoroughly researching any random topic on the Internet, taking care of my plants, or making bead art to sell online. 

I used to love going for walks, being in nature, and hanging out around outdoor animals, but it's become impossible recently. I got really sick in November of 2016. I was sick or afflicted pretty often since I was a baby, but this time, I haven't gotten better. 

I ended up in a loaner wheelchair, as my legs don't function well enough to walk, and doctors haven't figured out why yet. We also don't know when or if I will walk properly again, especially without feeling sick. 

In July of 2017, my primary physician presented me with the possiblity of something called POTS as a diagnosis. POTS stands for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It is a form of dysautonomic function (or dysautonomia) - meaning my automatic body processes are dysfunctioning. POTS boils down to my body not being able to compensate for blood volume when I change positions. I experience extremely high heart rates, nausea, blood pooling in my limbs, extreme fatigue, chronic pain, heat/cold intolerance, and fainting - these are just a few symptoms. 

On top of that, the wheelchair I was loaned has turned out not to be good for my body. I was told by longtime wheelchair users that I never should have had to use it for as long as I have. It is heavy, causes my hips and hands to hurt, it is hard to push, is starting to break down, and generally makes life so difficult I can't leave the house. 

This month (October 2017), I was approved for a custom ultralight wheelchair. It has many accessories to aid me in daily life, reduce my fatigue, and will greatly increase my independence. I would be able to leave the house, especially by myself. 

The big issue stopping me from getting this chair is the fact that I need to have a $5,555 down payment for my wheelchair vendor to order it. Additionally, I have to do it before 12/13/2017, or I'll have to undergo the approval process again.**

(**I was called on 11/30/2017 by my wheelchair vendor, and the authorization for my wheelchair was extended until February! I would still like to make my goal by 12/13, but it's not as dire a timeframe now!)

I simply do not have that money. I cannot work because I am disabled. I am asking you for help. I want to have mobility. I want to enjoy my life as a young woman, not as a sick person trapped in bed. Even just a few dollars helps. Thank you for your time.

— Celia

-- Breakdown -- 

The wheelchair: 
Rogue XP from Ki Mobility ‌

One of the accessories: 
Twion Power Assist
(You can put the link in Google Translate.)
And a video.

If my goal is completed:

$4,922.05 of the funds raised will go to the actual wheelchair + accessories.

$555 will go to a special application to control a power assist on the wheels of the chair. 

Any remaining or extra funds will be promptly donated to Dysautonomia International, an organization that exists to help persons suffering from dysautonomia.


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Celia Torres 
Fairbanks, AK

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