Little Miss Turtle | Say HELLO to my new friend

Say HELLO to my new friend

Today I received a present! A big and totally unexpected one! It’s red, it has four wheels, and it’s fast. No – it’s not another wheelchair! It’s a mobility scooter!


Little Miss Turtle on her mobility scooter at Cap d'Antibes

Little Miss Turtle on her mobility scooter at Cap d’Antibes


The story behind the mobility scooter

Stories like the following one are a rare but powerful example that good people still do exist. My husband and I went to McDonald’s last week for lunch. While I was looking at the menu, a lady came to me and asked if I would be interested in a mobility scooter – for free! She was the caregiver of an older man, who wished to give his old mobility scooter to someone in need for it. So, after exchanging numbers, we went to the man’s home the next day.


To my surprise, Mister J was also affected by a type of Muscular Dystrophy. Mister J seemed to be the kind of person who prefers not to talk about his condition, though. He was happy that his caregiver had found a young woman like me to give the mobility scooter to. To be honest, I was not used to gifts and presents and felt a bit awkward. I offered Mister J tasty Swiss pralinés, and finally, a little smile appeared on the man’s face.


Time to test my new friend

The scooter is in perfect condition. Two new batteries and it runs like new again. 15 km/hour (9.32 mph) is way faster than my Permobil. Of course, I had to test the mobility scooter right away, and so I did a tour around Cap d’Antibes. Such a great feeling to feel the wind in my hair and to not worry about how long the batteries would last. Pure freedom!



I am so incredibly grateful for this gift of the universe! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Mister J and N, for your kindness and your big hearts!


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  • Bill 11/08/2016   Reply →

    Looks cool!,Is it hard to get out of?

    • Melanie 11/08/2016   Reply →

      Yes, it’s tricky to get out, but I’m still able to do the transfer into my wheelchair. If I can’t get out I have someone around to help me. Have a nice day! Melanie

  • LENOIR Françoise 11/08/2016   Reply →

    Hello Méli,

    Un cadeau de la vie qui te change la vie…En plus vous pouvez y jouer à 2 !

    • Melanie 11/08/2016   Reply →

      Hello Françoise,
      C’est clair, on va jouer a deux avec ;-)! Gros Bisous

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