Kayaking with arthritis
I have generalised Osteoarthritis, it was diagnosed as degenerate 12 years ago in the base of my spine and my neck, also my left knee. I have recently suffered intense bouts of depression.
I have had counselling on and off for a year now, but recently an emergency counsellor has tried to get me reconnected with the things I used to enjoy, she is keen to get me out of the house. I used to love kayaking and own two kayaks. I stopped as I couldn’t load them on the car anymore. I also used to mountain bike and walk, but my knee clicks and pains so much that they are out of the question. I would love to kayak again, I miss it so much. I wonder if there is anywhere in the North West area I can go that specialises in water sports for people like myself. Where someone will help me get the kayak in the water. Better still, do you know of anywhere that has specials in lifting equipment that can aid someone who can’t lift anyone?
I am single and live with my 84 year old mother, so getting family to help is impossible. I lost touch with most my friends since the depression started.
Sheena (aged 54 and from Liverpool )