Pain relief products, not self-defense gear, is what is typically associated with the chronically ill.
However, chronic illnesses affect every aspect of our lives, including our safety. The toll they take on our health leaves us feeling both emotionally and physically weak. But the vulnerability they create doesn’t have to turn us into victims. With the right gear, we can protect and defend ourselves.
Take charge of your safety with the following self-defense product suggestions.
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The first part of protecting ourselves is recognizing the areas where our chronic illness has made us weak. Acknowledging our weaknesses is not a form of negativity. Instead, it is one of the most positive things we can do. When we are aware of the areas we lack strength in, we can find alternative ways to fill those voids.
Chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and autoimmune arthritis often affect our mobility. The general public may view using a mobility aid as a sign of weakness, but it actually signals strength.
A rollator allows the chronically ill to rest their legs, backs, and feet while out and about. Without them, they run out of stamina faster. Using one allows them to focus on their surroundings rather than pain.
Whether someone uses a mobility aid or not, increasing their visibility is a smart idea. It’s common for the chronically ill to want to avoid attention, but doing so leaves them vulnerable. I am not suggesting wearing a sign that says, “I am chronically ill/disabled.” Instead, l suggest utilizing the following products to make yourself visible. Being seen makes the disabled less of a target because a would-be attacker is less apt to go after someone that everyone can see.
On the Home Front
My home security system does more than give me peace of mind. It protects my home and my body. Whether I am severely flaring or not, the doorbell camera function allows me to view and speak to whoever is at my door without having to get up or open the door.
I understand that a full home security system isn’t an option for everybody. With that said, a doorbell camera is an affordable and effective option.
Self-Defense for the Chronically Ill
Learning self-defense is important. Even more so when you are disabled. Typical self-defense classes aren’t designed with our physical limitations in mind. Here are a few online and video class suggestions that consider the needs of the disabled while teaching them how to defend themselves.
- Self Defense Company: They do not have a designated disability class, but they do encourage their students of all abilities to focus and work on the moves that they are capable of doing and to not worry about what they aren’t able to do.
- Kyusho for the Disabled: Uses far less power, speed, and especially agility than other forms of martial arts.
- The Samurai Seated Workout Program: This video teaches students how to use canes and walking sticks for fitness and self-defense.
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Personal Defense Products
Those of us with chronic illness can’t always rely on our physical abilities. While I may be able to perform certain self-defense moves on a good day, but what about a bad day? To feel prepared every day, I also carry a handful of personal defense products. Thankfully, I have never had to use them, but if the day ever comes, I am prepared to defend myself.
The following self-defense products come with straps or are designed to be easy to hold and use.
Make Some Noise
Whether you can physically defend yourself or not, one of the best things you can do is make some noise!!! Don’t rely on your voice when in distress. I can scream, but I do not trust my vocal cords to cooperate in an emergency.
The following products are for bringing attention to the situation/attack and calling for assistance.
- SLFORCE Safe Personal Alarm: Comes with a wrist strap and key-chain ring. Add a lanyard to wear around your neck.
- SHvivik Emergency Whistle: Wear with the included lanyard or attach to your key ring.
- Safesound Personal Alarm: Comes with a wrist strap and armband.
Living with chronic illness and pain is scary and unpredictable enough without fear of being attacked or taken advantage of. Taking the initiative to learn and practice self-defense will empower and increase your confidence.
Self-defense for the chronically ill should be thought of and talked about with family and friends. Together you can prepare and make a plan to stay safe at home and on the go!