Hi, yesterday I went to our village annual party. (I live in France). I was kinda dreading it as this time I needed to take my wheelchair and sit in it when talking to people - not just in order to arrive at the hall. I cannot stay standing up for more than about 5 mins and at the bar area there are no chairs. I also wanted to mingle and chat to everyone. So at first I just leant on my chair and then very quickly I had to sit in it.
I was really pleased that everyone treated me normally and chatted to me. Some people were shocked at the speed of my illness and that I already have to use the chair more often, but after a quick chat about that we talked about more normal things.
Had a really good time, ate a nice meal and met new people. Obviously didn't dance and I came home at midnight - the evening goes on until 3-4 am!!
But I feel I've overcome the first hurdle of going out and using chair with people that I know but are not my really good friends.