In 2011 I was diagnosed with a neurological, whole body chronic pain condition called Fibromyalgia. At the same time I was also diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This means I am constantly in pain and have very little energy on a daily basis.
My pain is mainly focused in both hips and legs. This makes walking extremely difficult. Currently I walk with a stick or crutches but I am unable to walk for more than 100m due to the very high pain in my hips. To make things more interesting, I have recently been diagnosed with really low blood pressure which causes fainting episodes.
Since being diagnosed with these conditions, going out is a struggle. I have to plan journeys around rest stops and I now experience panic attacks.
Up until 2 years ago, I worked as a wood and metal work teacher and was Deputy Head of a Pupil Referral Unit. Nowadays, and because of my condition I am unable to work full time, but I so love working with youths, that I currently work as a volunteer with Plymouth Youth Offending Service, and sit on their restorative justice panel.
One of my passions is watching my 12 year old son play rugby but I am unable to stand for the duration of the matches. Once I have actually made it from the car park to the pitch, the ground is often too wet to support a chair, either a folding camping chair or a standard wheel chair, which means there are many occasions when I simply can’t watch him play…..this distresses both of us!
For these reasons, I feel a Trekinetic battery operated wheelchair would make such a difference to the everyday quality of my living and would raise the possibilities of my involvement in activities, such as fully being able to support my son while he plays rugby and having the freedom to be able to access the stunning moors and beaches here in Cornwall.
I feel it is so important to be able to get outdoors, and to experience all the health benefits, both physically and mentally, that being in the fresh air brings. Furthermore, the Trekinetic is so sturdy and its ability to cope with really difficult terrain, means not only could I access terrain that is currently inaccessible, but I feel my confidence would improve no end knowing that the chair wouldn’t tip over.
Richard is looking to raise funds to purchase a Trekinetic GTE powered wheelchair. Please visit Richard Cann’s gofundme page and Richard Cann’s Facebook page to help him get his independence back with a Trekinetic GTE.