Pink Crutches

Updated: Jan 24

Apparently it is cool when you walk on crutches with a cast on your leg. People always assume that you have a good story to tell about how you ended up in it.

I walked with a cast for a few months on my left leg. From my ankle to just under my groin. This period was followed by a couple of years of using crutches, non-stop. To make this dark period bearable, I got colourful cast coverings and pink crutches. I was determined to stay positive.

Occasionally I had to use a wheel chair. A new world appeared, as an immigrant I always had the feeling that I was on the outside looking in. I realised that the battle for inclusion was not only for people with colour. Living with a disability meant that some people would treat you as stupid. People who talked loudly as if I was deaf not cripple. The misplaced pity as they automatically assume that life was hard because of what I could not do.

Walk with my crutches

Whilst there were moments of frustration and sadness as I fought to learn how to walk again, I had lots of fun finding out how fast and agile I could be on my crutches. There was however a real anger and lots of frustration when the realisation hit that most of my favourite hangouts were not easily accessible on crutches or by wheelchair. Automatically excluded through no fault of my own, again.

I was lucky as my family and friends made sure that I didn't miss out on events, even if they had to carry me (at 5'2" and slim built at the time, they found it easy to do). But not everybody is this lucky. Imagine if it was you on the outside looking in. Would you get bitter? Angry? Would you fight or would you give up? And now you know how it feels, what are you doing to make sure that this exclusion does not happen on your watch?

Portrait picture Aruna

Hi, I'm Aruna

Marketing expert, wife, mother, immigrant, and strong believer in diversity, equality, inclusion, and empathy. I am the sum of more than half a century of experiences. I invite you to walk in my shoes for a moment and see the world from my perspective.

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Diversity. Equality. Inclusion

These values matter so I am sharing my life lessons with you. Hopefully, my stories will provide you with a different perspective, some food for thought.


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