Let’s talk about this bike. This might look like just a regular bike to you. It might even look like someone who’s taking its easy, riding an electric bike along the beach side track. But to me it’s freedom.
This bike means is so much more than just this bike.
In November 2019 I applied for NDIA funding. Pretty quickly I was denied. I felt disheartened and alone. I’m pretty lucky in terms of my MS, I’m still mobile, I can do most things for myself, and from the outside you may not even know I have it. BUT I spend a lot of time at appointments to maintain what I can do, the physio, the psychologist, the continence physio etc. If I clean the bathroom, I’m wiped out for the rest of the day. And walking is getting tricker. So when I got denied by the NDIS, I was resigned to the fact that I’d just be doing it on my own.
I reapplied, and so quickly, at a moment I really needed it, got accepted.
I got funding for proper shoes, orthotics, physio, psychologist, a regular massage for my tightening muscles, a cleaner and an ebike. It was a huge weight off my shoulders, it was a huge weight off emotionally and financially.
This news came right at the start of Covid-19 isolation, so the first thing I jumped on was getting this bike before shops closed. I wanted to have some freedom, to get out and exercise while the gym was closed. I wanted to be able to leave the house without having to get in the car. And I really wanted to, once schools opened again, to be able to ride with Elliot to school.
So this bike, while it may just look like a bike, every time I get on it, I think about how the government is doing something right in supporting some of us who need a little help. It’s freedom, it’s the wind in my hair, it’s a little bit of peace and quiet while we’re all still at home together a lot of the time, it’s financial and emotional support, and it’s really fun.