Limping alone

I often get laughed at for the way I walk and to be quite honest it gets to me most of the time. I have to understand that some people are just ignorant. It is very hard to walk past a group of people because they look at me. Sometimes I just feel it’s hard to be me. The prostheses (or fake legs) that I used frustrated me. However, when I got my new prostheses everything changed. They are called electronic prostheses. I was excited when my doctor told me about them. I was so looking forward to using them.

I wish I could describe how I felt the first day I tried walking with them. I was at my doctor’s surgery. We had to test and see that they didn’t give me any pains and adjust the length and so on. At first, I was so tall and felt like I was walking among little people. I was fascinated by the fact that I was going to charge my prosthetics almost every night – just like my cell phone. Since the previous ones were not able to balance me when I lost my footing. I was glad these ones were going to help in terms of balance. They were also gonna improve my walking pace.

With the previous legs, it was very easy for someone to kick me or step on my shoes, then it would come off. I’d get pissed off for that, because it is quite a process to put the shoes on.  I’d accept it when that person apologised but deep down I would be feeling so embarrassed. I’d need to sit down when I had to put on the shoes. Now just imagine if someone steps on my shoe and I’m walking on Bree Street in Johannesburg. I don’t like Bree – for me it’s the cruellest place I have ever been to. My phone was stolen on Bree Street in 2010. I couldn’t run after the guy because I can’t run (well, that is obvious). When a person mocks me or the way I walk, I just ignore them. Before, I took it seriously and replied. Now I don’t bother, and I believe that takes great maturity and understanding that we are not on the same level.

My wish is that society will understand we all have different challenges.  A person with a disability might be struggling to walk but that doesn’t mean they can’t think on their own. Nick Vujicic was born without legs and arms. This man plays golf, surfs and swims. He is not worried about what people think of him. He is my hero and I know that he is a hero to many others because he did not let his disabilities stop him from living life to the full.  

By Thabiso Molopo

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B-Wise User Jacket 15 April 2020 18:02

What's de definition of depression

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 April 2020 11:40

Hi there,

Depression is a disorder that affects a person's mood. A lot of people who have depression experience feelings of sadness, loneliness, being nervous and hopelessness. 

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B-Wise User slender 26 June 2017 00:38

Wow Thabiso thank you for sharing ur story with us.u are very talented do not let people to get in your ways.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 12:03

Hey there, thank you for your feedback!

B-Wise User meganmartin 8 March 2017 13:05

Thank you so much for sharing your story Thabiso! You have the right attitude and are such an inspiration, don't ever let negative and immature people get you down!! We all have our insecurities and your story is a reminder that it is up to us to over come them and live our best life :)

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 12:15

Hi Megan, thank you for your feedback

B-Wise User JLEE 20 February 2017 14:17

evrything happens for a reason.... i still believe u are special and yea u are one brave guy..we all have stories to share and i believe it took a brave a brave guy out of you to actually tell your story are a voice to someone out there... life without limitations...spread your wings and soar like a bird for u owe your life success and accomplish your purpose in this world

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 12:54

Hi there, thank you for your feedback, that is great motivation!