Age: 34 years old
Job: Tattoo artist
Condition: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
I am a tattoo artist who works at a Tattoo Parlour in the West Midlands. I would consider myself to be a very friendly guy… I get to meet people from all walks of life because of my job.
Overheating has been a big issue for me over the years because my Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This means I get really uncomfortable and tired very quickly in warm weather and worse still, the heat is a trigger for making me physically very unwell.
Another side effect I have from Ehlers-Danlos is hyper mobility.. this means I have an unusually wide range of joint movement which causes chronic pain. I’ve found that the sunshine lessens this pain.. but I can’t sit in the sun because of the health risks. This means I miss out on playing with my very energetic (!) three-year-old in the warm weather.
So as soon as I tried the WheelAir, I knew it was going to be life changing. It was actually when I was feeling quite unwell at the Naidex trade show. Wheeling around these shows can be tiring… and it was warm in there! I came to the WheelAir stand, tried it out and felt so much better I didn’t have to go home. I usually would have had to leave to get in control of my temperature. I was sold! I was accepted into theWheelAir PROS program as well after applying (where you get a special PROS cushion in exchange for supporting and promoting the brand) which I was delighted about!
After getting my WheelAir, I can do so much more. After the ridiculously hot summer we’ve just had, I can honestly say I would have been completely lost without my WheelAir. I was even camping! This would have been unimaginable without the WheelAir. I was able to actually enjoy being out in the heat and keep active over the summer rather than being stuck inside in front of a fan. Usually I have to wait until the weather cools to risk being outside for long periods. When I was camping, I just charged the WheelAir in the car using the USB charger – so easy! Family trips are what life is all about and I’m so happy to be able to do more of them now. This has been the best summer for me in many years and it’s hugely because of the freedom that the WheelAir has given me.