I’m not a full time cane user but keep it when I know I’m going to be in busy situations or difficult terrain. I used it a lot when I went on holiday to Dorset, I was able to independently go off for a mooch at a car boot. I think it actually helped me get some bargains and people didn’t think it was strange when I needed to look at items more closely.
I even managed to help someone else who was having trouble crossing a busy road, they tagged on behind me as people and drivers could see I needed more time to cross the road. It is so nice not to have people bumping into me or them thinking I’m not looking where I’m going.
On holiday we went to Monkey World and I didn’t have to stick with mum, I was able to navigate the slopes and steps by myself and mum found it easier to spot me!
Me and my family have realised how much easier it makes getting around especially now I’m getting older and want to do more things by myself, more safely and by letting others know I may need help, time or space! I’m looking forward to more day trips in the future knowing I have ‘the cane’ to help me.