Hi, my name is Deborah Watson.
I have been living with a mobility disability for 16 months. I have been using a walker and do not want to give that up, or I will lose strength. I have no sensation in my hands or feet. The nerves are dead and will not regenerate. I have no balance because my brain doesn't know where my feet are. I can fall over if I don't hold on to something. I fear falling. This is a permanent disability, that is, nerves to my hands and feet will not regenerate like some do. I have not been able to go to the store, or for a walk in the neighbourhood. I lack the strength to go any distance with my walker and balance is poor even with the walker. Going to St. Michael's hospital for appointments is challenging because of the distance I need to walk. I would like to get a lightweight foldable power chair.
My quality of life would improve so much if I could get around more easily. I have been stuck at home other than going to appointments.
Today I found out my private insurance Manulife will not cover the cost. And the government program ADP will no longer pay anything.
I could not believe this, having been a pediatric nurse in 2 Toronto hospitals for 40 years, and now I need something as a disabled senior on a pension. Holy cow Canada!!
Even a small donation of $10 will help and I would be eternally grateful. The cost of the chair is $4,000
I have received a generous donation of $1,000 today to get me started.