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Old 08-17-2017, 01:24 PM   #1
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I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2000. By 2003 I was having trouble keeping up with my wife on our walks. So we decided to get a Segway. It worked out wonderfully - I used it on walks around the neighborhood, hiking/biking trails, and local excursions around town. As my MS progressed, I used it more and more. We've had a ramp van since 2006, and that's made a big difference. It's come in handy on vacations: not just around California, but also Hawaii and New Mexico (I gate-checked the Segway on the plane as a mobility device).

Unfortunately over the past couple of years my MS has progressed to the point where I really can't keep using the Segway. It is increasingly difficult to step onto. My legs get tired quickly (although the Segseat helps here). Stepping off is frankly getting dangerous.

So after 14 years it's time to say goodbye to my Segway. It's been a great ride, but as Q said, all good things come to an end. I'm looking into a Whill (http://whill.us/), which can do some of the 'off road' things that a Segway can.

Thanks to all of those who, over the years, have provided support and ideas for getting the Segway accepted as a valid mobility device for the disabled.

Jeff
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:38 PM   #2
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I wish nothing but the best to you and yours......Nice to know that I am not the only disabled person that this has changed the world for me....

Please take care, and dont be a stranger!
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Old 08-18-2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:55 PM   #4
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The Whill looks impressive and seems reasonably priced at 2X a Segway.

Before putting down the cash have you investigated the different Segway & Ninebot based wheelchairs. They offer true wheelchair seating which a Segseat does not.

The OGO is very interesting and runs about 3X a Segway in price.

Living Spinal is a dealer for several Segway technology based chairs including OGO.
https://livingspinal.com/self-balanc...chart-sign-up/

OGO web-site is:
http://ogotechnology.com/

Take care, keep rolling.
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:30 AM   #5
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The Whill looks impressive and seems reasonably priced at 2X a Segway.

Before putting down the cash have you investigated the different Segway & Ninebot based wheelchairs. They offer true wheelchair seating which a Segseat does not.

The OGO is very interesting and runs about 3X a Segway in price.

Living Spinal is a dealer for several Segway technology based chairs including OGO.
https://livingspinal.com/self-balanc...chart-sign-up/

OGO web-site is:
http://ogotechnology.com/

Take care, keep rolling.
Thanks! The OGO looks amazing. Based on my condition, I think I need something more stable and fitted (and arm rests for transferring, etc). A few years ago, this would have been just the ticket!
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