- Gender: Female
- Age: 24
- Condition: C5-C6 Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Prior Device: Scooter Store TS300 Power Chair
- Main Use: Full-time mobility inside and outdoors
What’s your story?
In 2012, when I was 19, I sustained a spinal cord injury while boating with friends. The following two years were completely dedicated to intense physical therapy. I was making tons of progress, and while I was going to physical therapy 3-4 times a week and attending online classes, there was still something missing — a hobby. I used to swim, roller blade and dirt bike. Since a young age, I excelled at anything physical. Now, I needed to fill that void, so I started a blog. I’ve always loved to write, and helping others with spinal cord injuries just through writing actually helped me overcome a very tough period of my life. Shortly after starting my blog I moved out of my parents house and into an apartment in downtown Chicago BY MYSELF! Here, I continue to blog and make YouTube videos, while also pursuing screenplay writing in school.
Why did you choose Model M?
I chose Model M because when I first saw a video of it, I could tell it would be able to move around a tiny apartment exceptionally well. Not to mention the beautiful design is something anyone on wheels would want! Its tight turning radius and ability to navigate through tight spaces is extremely helpful at home and out in public. I also chose Model M because it has the ability to ride on so many different types of terrain. It snows where I live, and being able to leave the house when there’s snow on the ground is pretty life changing.
What do you like about Model M?
Honestly, I love everything about Model M. The fact that I can move effortlessly around my apartment is a huge deal to me, and the ability to move my seat under a table or desk is a function I use almost every day. Furthermore, the seat slide and arms moving out of the way allow me to get really close to whatever I’m transferring onto (toilet, bed, shower chair, etc.), which is very helpful! Model M also has the capability of being completely adjusted to a person’s body, which makes the chair extraordinarily comfortable. Aside from all the functionalities that make Model M an exceptional wheelchair, I feel less disabled in it. I get compliments every time I leave my house, whereas, with my old chair, it brought so much unwanted attention. Now when I see people staring I know it’s not me they’re looking at, it’s my Model M.
How has Model M impacted your life?
Model M has given me so much confidence and completely changed the way I feel about being chair bound. When you love your wheelchair, it makes every experience you have in it even greater. Model M has made me much more self-reliant, making living alone painless. I’ve become more adventurous outside due to my confidence in Model M. Snow and sand have become my allies again, whereas before Model M, they were two of my greatest enemies. Being able to walk my dog in the winter and not having to hire a dog walker saves me money, and I’m able to experience playing in the snow with my dog again. Almost 5 years have gone by where I would spend the majority of my winters cooped up inside, but not anymore. Model M is the epitome of wheelchairs and has improved my life in so many ways!
Note: Tiffani had an extensive test drive with a demo unit.