In 2010 after experiencing what I learned was a MS (Multiple Sclerosis) flare I was left with very bad balance. For safety my physician suggested a shower chair, the diagnosis of MS at 41 was a lot to absorb, now he wants me to use a shower chair??!! The idea was so demoralizing and "un attractive" to me, I sobbed for days. I had to grieve the death of the "old me" while juggling one high school aged child, a full time job that required extensive travel and a plethora of family hosted pity parties while smiling and acting healthy. I did everything I could to make myself feel "normal" and/or not disabled, like finding attractive flats and keeping my diagnosis a secret for 7 years.
For my safety I knew it made sense to be supported in the shower bu,t it upset me nonetheless. When I came across a teak shower chair at Bed Bath and Beyond I had to have it, I just couldn't bare the the other hospital/nursing home style options... Who knew one teak bench could have so much responsibility?
This bench was used for many years to hold me up then for holding lots of bath products in the shower. After many so many years of water and chemicals the finish was really suffering but when I moved I took it with me & further destroying the finish by using it as a plant stand on my patio .
I have my good and bad days but use my good days as productively as possible, using by creating something. The "specialists" say it helps brain function so, I decided it was time use some good days to bring my bench back to life. Maybe it sounds nutty but during the process I had so many memories of everything mentioned above & began to feel how symbolic a simple bench is to my journey; starting out shiny and new then developing many scars (which is what MS means) all while holding me up when I needed support. Now 11 years later we've both been given help for our scars to help us look and function close to originally intended. Boy, am I getting melancholy about this, I guess I don't reflect on this subject often. We all have limitations, but we grow by embracing them and challenging ourselves. I hope this project has inspired you to create or repair something you love. Thank you for reading.