Halloween is the time of year to share scary stories and people with disabilities and health conditions are known to have their fair share of disability-related horror stories.
Ahead of the spooky season, we share a blog post previously written by Emma Purcell on her blog Rock For Disability about her very own disability horror stories.
They include dangerous falls and crashes in her wheelchair, being trapped in hoists and lifts, dealing with cruel and untrustworthy carers and fearing the loss of love, independence and even life.
Yes, Halloween is here again, but it isn’t all about ghosts, vampires, zombies and monsters. Just trying to live a daily life as a disabled person can bring an endless number of horror stories. Therefore, I want to share with you my 10 most horrific disabled-related stories.
1. Falling over in my wheelchair
This incident has occured twice (so far) in my lifetime. The first time was when I was 12 years old and had only just begun to adjust to life as a visually impaired person.
At that point, because my vision was so poor, I was having to use my manual wheelchair and have family, friends and staff push me.
One day in school, at lunchtime, my friend was pushing me outside when two lads begun chasing us.
We tried running away from them, when suddenly my wheels went out of control, got caught in a dip between the pavement and grass and I fell forward with my head in the grass and my arm trapped.
My friend and the two boys managed to get me up and I went to the first aid room. I was quite lucky I wasn’t seriously injured and only got a graze on my face, but I was severely shaken by the ordeal. The two boys were suspended for their actions.
The second time was in 2014 when I was living at Treloar’s college. I was in my powered wheelchair heading back from the corner shop with my friend, who was also in a powered wheelchair.
We were not with carers and I was following my friend as a guide. As we turned onto the main pavement, I got caught on an uneven curb, swerved towards the main road and tipped over, hitting my head on the concrete.
Luckily, again, I wasn’t seriously injured and pedestrians and drivers came to help me. Since then, I’ve been very cautious when out in public, and 99% of the time I’m accompanied by an able-bodied person. I also mostly get them to drive my wheelchair in outdoor or unfamiliar places.
The spookiest thing is that since that event, I do dream about having similar accidents in my wheelchair.
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