Dr. Gretchen and MSing Link member discuss the Carbon Ultralight rollator and life with mobility issues.

Dr. Gretchen Hawley has devoted her life to help people living with MS to take back control and feel strong when the MS shows its teeth. In this feature, she unboxes a Carbon Ultralight rollator and speaks to a new rollator-user about this lightweight product and the life with mobility challenges.

”It looked easy to use, it looked light and super well designed… basically, everything I had been looking for in a rollator…”

Staying active is mantra that both Dr. Gretchen and byACRE advocate. The video below you can watch Dr. Gretchen unbox the Carbon Ultralight and demonstrate helpful exercises with a rollator.

The MSing Link

Dr. Grethchen has founded the MSing Link, an online MS wellness program, where she guides those with MS and other mobility issues to become stronger, improve their walking, increase energy and take back control.

Talk with MSing Link member

Gretchen sat down with one of her MSing link members, who use our Carbon Ultralight rollator, and talked about life with a rollator. You can read the full interview right here

MSing Link member

Age: 55

Country: USA

Hobbies: Tai Chi and knitting

Rollator user for 2+ months

How often do you use a rollator?

Walking exercises and ordinary walking in the house. Have used it a couple of times outside of the house, but have not been out much during the pandemic.

How does using a rollator make you feel?

More stable and confident.

When did it first occur to you that you needed a rollator?

I never considered a rollator before discovering byACRE, because others I had tried at physical therapy worked so poorly.

Were you hesitant to start using it?

Not after I saw the video online of you unboxing it.

What feelings and thoughts did you have about it?

It looked easy to use, it looked light and super well designed… basically, everything I had been looking for in a rollator but had never found until I saw the Carbon Ultralight.

How has the disease/mobility issue affected your life?

In every miserable way possible.

What reactions do you get from others when walking with a rollator?

Because I acquired mine recently, and during the pandemic, I haven’t been around many people while using it. When I have taken it to medical appointments, I like it that others are more patient with my slowness and have given me the appropriate space to maneuver.

What does it enable you to do that you couldn’t otherwise do?

Inside the house it has allowed me to stop wall-surfing. After the pandemic I am hoping it gives me more freedom to go out.

What criteria are important when choosing a rollator? Why?

Being ergonomically correct and enhancing your posture while improving your mobility; being light, and easy for others to move; being visually attractive, not an eyesore.

What’s the best piece of advice you would offer to a new user?

I really like having one on each floor of our house, keeping them at the foot and top of the stairs, so that I can move seamlessly from one Carbon Ultralight to the other.