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    • #18130
      Leah Leilani

      Last month, my family and I experienced something that we never imagined would happen to us. Someone deliberately set our house on fire. Everyone is alright, and we were able to put out the fire quickly to save our house, but the emotional toll has been a lot. 

      Having never thought we would go through a house fire, we were unprepared as we rushed out of the house. 

      Our front door wreath, which had been set on fire, was beginning to burn our door. I always park my wheelchair by our front door to charge at night because the outlet is close to my bedroom. Having asthma, I knew in the moment or two I had before rushing out of the house that it wouldn’t be healthy for me to retrieve my wheelchair. 

      I am an ambulatory wheelchair user and was able to get myself out of the house with no issues, but I wonder if I’d still leave my chair behind if I couldn’t walk. For me, I made a quick decision that my chair was replaceable, and I wasn’t. 

      What would you have done in this situation? Have you been in an emergency where you had to leave your wheelchair behind?

    • #18150
      Pete Barron

      OH, ouch! You didn’t say why anybody would set your house on fire, but that is a major crime and should be prosecuted! I’m glad you’re okay and I’m with you (to Hell with the chair and let’s get out of here.) Things are replaceable, our health is not!

      • #18181
        Leah Leilani

        Thank you, Pete! My thoughts exactly about the wheelchair. People always talk about what they would grab in case of a fire or earthquake. But in reality, it’s yourself and your family that’s most important. They did catch the person who did it and he was out on parole so I hope he predict he got quite the punishment.

    • #18153
      Ian Narita

      Having been thru a house fire can be traumatic. Even if the damage is minimal.

      Before I was disabled, my family and I went through a fire, and it was years to recover.

      Mostly just kept going til we were back where we were.

      One of the things I checked on when I got my first chair was loss insurance (at the time we were renters) for theft or accidental damage. Basically unaffordable.

      I would hate to think about losing the chair.

      Not sure what else to say.

    • #18182
      Leah Leilani

      You’re right, Ian. It is been hard to get over. In fact, I woke up the other night thinking that I smelled smoke again and had to walk around my house to make sure that everything was okay. Jeez, it’s almost like which one costs more-the insurance or a new wheelchair? It’s similar to what came first, the chicken or the egg, haha!

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