Friendship and iLevel®

Friendship is important in all aspects of life. Yet, sometimes, when a disability is thrown into the mix, it becomes harder and harder for someone to make friends. I know that was the case for me before receiving iLevel. It always felt as if I was the last one chosen out of pity.

I have been a Friend of Quantum for going on four years now. I’ve met some of my best friends, even ones that take me out of my comfort zone. As they say, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  I’m thankful for those friends because they make me stronger and more confident, and that’s the most meaningful gift anyone can give.  I’ve met several friends around the country that make me feel as if we’ve known each other for a lifetime, when it’s really only been a year or two. We laugh, talk, chat and virtually “hang out” as if they are sitting in my living room.

I have several friends that act as caregivers sometimes. That’s a fine line because if I didn’t have these friends for over 20 years, I don’t know if they, nor I, would feel comfortable in helping me meet my needs. Thankfully, they’re ready to  step up to the plate when needed.

Without the confidence of using iLevel technology on my Q6 Edge® 2.0 Power Wheelchair, and the feeling of being included, I doubt I’d be as willing to meet as many new people as I have. iLevel gave me my wings.

“This chair will either be your wings, or it will be your anchor. It’s your choice.” – Walk, Ride, Rodeo, Netflix 2019

About Alison Chancellor: Alison is a friend of Quantum. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she cheers on her beloved St. Louis Blues at hockey games. Click here to learn more about Alison.