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How I Traveled Looking Wheelchair Fabulous

Updated on August 2, 2013

Lookin' Fabulous in My Wheelchair or Stumbling Around With My Cane

When I first became very sick, I spent most of my time wearing yoga pants, extra-large t-shirts, and looking like hell. My body was falling apart and I felt more dead than alive. After not getting better and not getting better, I finally took a look in the mirror. No wonder people looked at me in alarm! I looked as bad as I felt!

I instantly decided that needed to change. This sickness may have control over my body but my mind would not give up! I would put aside my pride and shop in a wheelchair. My make-up would have to change. I would do new techniques, bringing out my eyes to distract from the rest of me. People would tell me, "You look really good!" and it would hide how I was really feeling. Doing this, would mentally bring me back to myself and maybe, just maybe, heal me physically.

I am happy to say, I am able to move with a cane short distances but I require my wheelchair to travel or do anything requiring long periods of standing. This is an improvement to me! I used to be dependent on a wheelchair 100% of the time. On my trip to Egypt & Israel, I was wheelchair bound but I tried not to look it in pictures. However, I like to think I looked fabulous whether in my wheelchair or standing with my cane!

I Have An Amazing Brother Who Keeps Me Looking Fabulous!

My brother has always been one of those..."I go hunting and fishing in negative degree weather, can live off the land, and carry a boat all at the same time." Maybe not the carry the boat but he is very strong. When he saw me look longingly at the entrance to a pyramid, he put me on his back and carried me in. One place had over a hundred and fifty stairs to go up and back. He willingly offered to piggyback me all the way down and up without a second thought. Sometimes I felt to sick to leave the bus but when I was feeling up to it, he would push my wheelchair or carry me when the ground was to rough. I looked wheelchair fabulous without the wheelchair because of him. Thank you so much nii-chan!

Looking Wheelchair Fabulous Began With A Healthy Glow! - A Little Makeup Goes a Long Way to Looking Healthy in That Chair!

One of the ways I travel looking wheelchair fabulous is by drawing attention away from my disagreeable body to my face. A blend of eyeshadow shades, an eyelash curler, a little lip gloss, mascara, and a powder to give life to my skin. I don't forget a dab of blush or bronzer for healthy glow. A ten-minute process and tada! My body is miserable and half dead but my face was says, "I feel like a million bucks despite having ridden on a tour bus for five hours!"

Clinique Eyeshadow, Mascara, and More! - Fabulous Make-up to Make You Say Hello to Healthy Glow and Good-bye to Sickly Pale

I Was Open to Unique Wheelchair Options!

I try to be open to more than just being fabulous in my wheelchair. Camels are an effective and unique wheelchair alternative. My brother was there to help me on the camel, hold me in place if I got dizzy, and he didn't even have to push me! I will admit I prefer the wheelchair to the bobbing of a camel but how often do I get to look fabulous on one?!

I Worked the Fabulous Wheelchair Smile!

I refuse to remember myself looking gloomy because I feel awful. A smile says, "I'm Having Fun! So Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It Sickness!" I WILL look wheelchair fabulous and happy! People are going to remember my smile and NOT my wheelchair.

Wheelchair? This Dress Says No Way!

My brother maneuvered me through the cobble streets of Jerusalem for me to get this beautiful dress. Notice you can't see my other hand? It's on my cane helping me support my weight so I could have a wheelchair fabulous clothing moment. I didn't need long. Just enough to show everyone the intricate dress. I wanted people to see me looking fabulous if only for a moment without my wheelchair.

The Amazing Sofft Brand Flats - aka Fabulous Wheelchair Flats

I once counted and found I owned over thirty pairs of high heels. They were all well and good but not really needed when getting pushed through Israel and Egypt. I discovered the Sofft brand shoes. They are super-comfy and come in a lot of cute styles! I love wearing them because my feet are happy and I don't get a lecture on my heels!

I Gave A Wheelchair Fabulous Pose

So I have my cane and my brother had to help me out of the chair. Despite all that, I tried to strike a fabulous pose with some flying hair and my body in motion. Instead of looking like it was a struggle, I gave a smile and a turn. I like to think I looked like I was emerging wheelchair fabulous!

Choose a Cane to Keep You Looking Fabulous

You don't need one of those super-old-my-grandfather-had-one-like-this canes. Mine breaks into four pieces so it can be sealed away in a purse when not in use. Get one that fits your style!

I Kept Up Looking Wheelchair Fabulous With Fabulous Food!

Keeping up the fabulous wheelchair look and making it through a stressful day of bus rides and fast tours required fabulous nourishment. Of course, one must not look grungy while eating such fabulous food! My happy smile says, "Look sickness. I WILL enjoy fabulous food and you WILL not stop me!" Sometimes, the sickness did win and I felt to sick to eat.. I refused to get depressed over it! The sickness would just make me appreciate being able to eat fabulous food even more!

Wheelchair Fabulous in the Rain - No one told me it would be cold!

In case you have yet to notice, I'm wearing a peacoat in nearly all my pictures and a scarf. Why? Evidently, January is cold even for Egypt and Israel. The only time it felt warm was at the Jordan River in the middle of the desert. So the majority of my clothes packed are hidden under my jacket and scarf. Still, I refused to get all grungy in sweatpants and a sweatshirt just because of the rain and cold!

By now you should have also realized I am wearing sunglasses no matter what the weather was. This is because my condition has made my eyes very sensitive to light. To me a cloudy day is like a sunny one for you and when it's sunny, It hurts them a lot so I can only go sunglass-free long enough for a quick picture.

This picture was taken on the coldest and only rainy day of the trip. I used my scarf as a hood and even wore gloves because I was so cold. Notice, the sunglasses are even present in the rainy weather.

Designer Sunglasses, Retro Sunglasses, or Polarized Sunglasses - Choose the one which keeps you looking fabulous!

I am always in need of a new pair of sunglasses. This was the first trip where I actually did not lose or break a pair!

So tell me...

Was I a Wheelchair Fabulous Success?



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    • Sherry Hewins 2 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      You look amazing, way more fabulous than I do, and I don't even have a chronic illness.

    • RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Good for you for going forward in life with a can-do attitude. Sharing some of your experience is important for many reasons.

      What a great trip with your brother. Making good sibling memories is the best thing to do at any age. :)

    • gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      Are you kidding?! You were da bomb, sweetie!

    • WordChipper 4 years ago

      Very inspirational. Thank you for making lemonade...

    • Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Yes indeed! You look wonderful and have a great attitude. Your brother is truly a blessing too. Keep thinking positive and keep busy.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      HI there, I have been chronically ill for the last 7 months and the doctors are still trying to figure out just what exactly I have. Well after reading (and crying) through your article, I just wanted to say thank you. You seem like a really beautiful person, inside and out. Because I have so many unknowns right now, its hard to find even a pain medication to quell some of my horrific pain. But your article helped me realize that I need to stop feeling sorry for myself like everyone else does. It's still hard to fathom, but your advice really helps and I honestly believe applying it will do me a world of good in the future. Thanks again, and know that you're never alone in this everyday struggle.

    • Michelllle 4 years ago

      The camel rocks.

    • Kalafina 4 years ago

      @Tas3000: I 'talk' to my illness. It makes it easier when you think of it as separate than you. It does not define me!

    • Tas3000 4 years ago

      Totally! Wow! It must be amazing thinking- take that sickness, I can beat you! You are an inspiration.

    • Ninche 4 years ago

      Absolutely fabulous!

      You are inspiration!

    • wahmshelley 4 years ago

      Absolutely!!!...You go girl!!!...

      WAHM Shelley... :)

    • eightieschild 4 years ago

      Aha! Just found the first of your two purple star lenses that you told me about.

      Another great read, demonstrating again your inspirational positive attitude. Can't believe you managed to get on that camel. I've ridden one twice and they;re not comfortable!

      And yes you do look fabulous! :) Now I'm off to hunt down your other purple star lens....

    • ChiWizard 4 years ago

      yes indeed your story of courage and the fun your having with it makes me smile - your share so openly from the heart and you are definitely fabulous with or without the wheelchair

    • Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut


    • poldepc lm 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing this lens; an congrats on the winning of the purple star...

    • bleezer 4 years ago

      aweosome story.I liked how you described your actions and how you typed your thoughts in the story.your words will inspire many to keep on fighting.

    • SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful, important message for everyone. Thank you for publishing this lens.

    • David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Yes most definitely!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      You are an inspiration and just beautiful too. Keep the lenses coming.

    • Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario


    • stephaniewriter 4 years ago

      Wow you are an inspiration! I had one of those 'no-one told me it was cold' moments in Venice in November. Brrrr... I came home with about 5 times as many pashminas as I left!

    • Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      You were great and gorgeous all the way. Blessed.

    • OrdinaryJoe LM 4 years ago

      Indeed...thank you for sharing your story.

    • sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      you are great kalafina. really admire you.

    • Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Forgot to say 'Blessed'.

    • Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      All the way you were/are a wheelchair fabulous succes.

    • miaponzo 4 years ago

      You look absolutely FAB!!!

    • Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      You are beautiful inside and out, and what a fabulous brother you have!

    • MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      You are truly a beautiful person!

    • getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      You look wonderful thanks for sharing your experiences.

    • lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Definately! You are a beautiful young woman!

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC


    • fullofshoes 4 years ago

      You're my hero :)

    • Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      Yes, I think you were indeed wheelchair fabulous. And that picture of you in the dress is beautiful, but my favorite is the one where your are on your brothers back going into the pyramid :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, you look absolutely great

    • EstheticGoddess 4 years ago

      This is still one of my favorite lenses and if I could like it again I would!!

    • ChuckDickens 4 years ago

      It's seem so many people give up... it's inspiring to see someone with such a challenge still have a pretty smile and find good things to do and say.

      Good for you! :)

    • Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really admire your attitude and you have a wonderful brother. You look fabulous.

    • burntchestnut 4 years ago

      Attitude is everything and you've got it! A friend needs to use a cane and for a while, wore a scarf when her hair fell out due to chemo treatments. She made several colorful scarves and then decorated her cane to match each scarf. She sometimes used a stretchy material to make a tube and slide over the cane, or else used velcro on each end of the material.

    • shewins 4 years ago

      You are fabulous and beautiful and so is your jewelry. You really have a talent for it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome & inspiring! Great tips on pictures and how to just keep a generally positive attitude. I'm going to use some of these ideas with my father-in-law, who had a couple of strokes and is motion-limited.

    • Kalafina 4 years ago

      @stylishimo1: Thank you so much for your compliment. If you would like, you are free to link this lens to your fashion blog. Thank you for visiting my lens!

    • stylishimo1 4 years ago

      You look beautiful, and very wheelchair fabulous! I would like to link to this lens from my fashion blog as this is a very inspiring lens.

    • YsisHb 4 years ago

      You look Fabulous anyway! I am very inspired by your attitude. I am on the verge of taking a decision on a project and I believe that reading about your adventures will help me.

    • goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Yes, your wonderful attitude toward life shines in every photo!

    • evitaa 4 years ago

      You look amazing sweet ....especially in that picture after 5 hours ride on a tour bus.

    • EstheticGoddess 4 years ago

      You do look fabulous no matter what! And your brother's a sweetie pie for making sure you didn't miss out on seeing things too! I love the way you write!


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