"I feel less “disabled” and I really drive around with pride."
Due to a spinal disorder, Fiony Langestraat has been living with chronic back and neck pain, and breakdowns in her arms and legs for more than half her life. Until last year, she suddenly couldn’t walk at all; an online search brought her to 2KERR. Read on below and discover Fiony’s inspiring story.
“My attitude was always: I’m not broken. But I have had to accept that I can no longer walk. Tools are there to keep energy for things that give me satisfaction. Het Rughuis has taught me to cross that threshold and to think positively about myself again. I started looking for tools that could give me a little bit of life back. I tried everything, but because I have to be careful with force on my arms, a regular wheelchair was not an option. You will soon end up at a mobility scooter. Although this ensured that I could go outside again and be among people again; It didn’t feel like the perfect solution for me.”
Fiony continues: “The image played a major role in this. I have done my best to simply ignore the fact that it is so stigmatizing, but unfortunately it still does something to your self-esteem and feelings. Also the limitation that you can only really drive on paved paths and being big and clumsy in shops didn’t really help me find my way. I missed nature, walking with the dog and cycling the most.”
“In my search for off-road wheelchairs I came across the Bi-Go. I was immediately sold, this had to be it. In the beginning I was slowed down by my environment because it seemed too ambitious, it is of course quite pricey and most people I can’t afford to pay for it myself. However, I couldn’t let it go, it really felt as if the Bi-Go could largely give my life back and I was really convinced that I would succeed.”