MS Stories: Tara

Meet Tara from Colorado, USA

We have asked MS warriors to share their experience with MS and having a rollator.

This is Tara’s story:

“I started showing MS symptoms in 2012, after the birth of my second daughter. I started using a rollator in 2016. At first, I only used it at home, and I was really embarrassed about needing a mobility aid in my 30’s.

At first, using a rollator was hard to accept. It felt overwhelming to be losing my mobility due to MS at the same time I was raising a young family. Over time I realized that using a rollator made it easier for me to be a better wife and mother because I could do more with less effort. I had only used a cane a few times, so using a rollator was a big adjustment, but also a big help.

I use a rollator every day when I am on my feet. I also use a wheelchair sometimes now, but my rollator is still one of my most frequently used mobility aids.

Using a rollator has changed my life for the better. I am able to accomplish more things and stay on my feet longer when I use it. I’m also able to get outside and enjoy activities with my family more often. Learning to use a rollator has been one of the most helpful tools along my MS journey.”

“Over time I realized that using a rollator made it easier for me to be a better wife and mother because I could do more with less effort”

– Tara on starting to use her rollator more publicly

Tara’s best rollator tips:

  1. View your rollator as a tool that helps you to live better.
    Maybe even call it an “accessory”.
  2. Wear clothing that you feel confident in.
    When you stand tall and feel good about yourself, a rollator is easier to use.
  3. Give yourself grace. It can take time to adjust to a new MS diagnosis and/or using a mobility aid. It will get easier!