My name is Nara, I'm 27 years old, and I currently live in João Pessoa, in the State of Paraiba, Northeast of Brazil.
It's been ten years since I was diagnosed. I was 16-17 years old and a high school student. I started using a wheelchair when I was 23 years old. For me, the transition was a mix of anxiety and a sense of freedom. Like many people, I thought that the wheelchair was a prison until I found out that it brought me independence and allowed me to go to many places on my own. I need to have moments when I feel alone and independent. My moments of anxiety always happened when I met other people. The way they looked at me, the hidden pity, the questions, all of that made me uncomfortable and anxious about their reactions. It took me a while to learn how to deal with situations like that and to understand which things and behaviors I could change or be beyond my reach to change.