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Workshop Schedule

Our 2019 Professional Product Training is now live on the
Fisher Lane Mobility website.

6 workshops released today, selling out at the speed of a grandma on a walker pushing through
 the mosh pit at a Barry Manilow concert!

Please visit the "therapist training" page on a website for more
information or to secure your spot!



Karma Wheelchair Price Increase

Effective as of the 1st of January 2019, we will be increasing our pricing on all Karma items by 5%. 
Purchase orders received during the month of December will be honored with 2018 pricing.



Public Holiday - Australia Day

Both our Abbotsford and Braybrook offices will closed on Monday the 28th of January
due to the Australia Day Long weekend.



Fisher Lane's Wall of Fame
Everyday Hero's

- Our everyday heroes -
To be inspired you must surround yourself with inspiring things”.
This month’s nomination comes from Reuben Colquhuon and is Michael Czermak.

"Growing up I would say was very normal, I was able to play sport and in particular was fairly active with tennis and basketball.
I was never the most athletic and never enjoyed pure exercise but I could usually have a lot of fun with various sporty activities.

Primary School was very normal and at that stage I still had no idea of my condition.
I guess it was dormant, not showing any symptoms until I left primary school.
As I started high school at Marcellin College, things were still fairly normal. Starting a new school,
it was obviously quite a busy and stressful time. It was probably made worse by the fact it was a very big school.
There were over 1200 students, the campus was built on a hill and featured about 5 AFL fields, as well as things
like tennis courts etc spread out over a very big campus, with lots of elevation. It was a very sporty school,
with a lot of young, competitive and dominant personalities.
The school is known to produce quite a few successful sportsmen, with several people from the school currently playing in AFL.
 
And it was towards the end of year 7 that I started to notice some symptoms of my disability.
 It was getting increasingly difficult to walk the 300 metres up the hill to the classrooms.
The big issue though was the tightening of my calf muscles, which got to the point where I could no
longer put my foot flat on the ground, always walking on my toes.
After some scans and seeing a specialist they decided I needed corrective surgery in year 8,
meaning I had to take about 2 months off classes.
During the surgery they took a sample of my muscle for a biopsy, and shortly after the surgery they
called me back to diagnose me with limb girdle muscular dystrophy. I was diagnosed when I was 14.
 
All this made it so that when my body began to deteriorate, it became almost impossible to enjoy going to Marcellin,
and by the end of year 10 I could no longer walk up the hill or catch public transport unassisted to the school.
So I had to leave to Kingswood College, a much smaller school where I felt much more at home, both with the campus and my classmates.
 
My condition continued to deteriorate throughout my final years of high school at Kingswood, although at that stage
I still felt independent enough to be able to live a relatively normal life at school, even if it took me
a lot longer to walk between classrooms or looked weird because of how much effort it took for me to stand up from sitting down.
The whole energy of the school was much more relaxed and it helped me deal with the heavy work loads of VCE while
continuing to deal with my worsening condition.
 
Since leaving high school I went straight into a bachelors degree of communication at Swinburne in Hawthorn,
however after one semester I decided I needed a break and subsequently took a year off study.
It was in this time that my condition progressed to the point where I could no longer independently go to university.
 
With hindsight, I was lucky high school finished when it did, if it had gone another year I would have no longer
been able to attend. At least with tertiary education a lot of universities offer online courses and lectures are all recorded
 and uploaded etc. I wouldn’t have been able to do that at Kingswood and would have had to find another solution.
 
In the past year the tightening of my right calf began to manifest itself again, and 9 years on from the original surgery I had,
earlier this year I had surgery to correct the same problem.
This time though my body isn’t as strong as it was before and recovering from the operation is taking longer.
 
I have been very vocal about my desire to walk for as long as I can, without resorting to a wheelchair
or any other mobility device, however since the surgery in June, I am having to resign myself to using a wheelchair.
I’d like to thank everyone at Fisher Lane, in particular Reuben and Kate, for making this transition a bit easier.
 
I’ll soon be 24 which will be 10 years since my diagnosis, and given how different my body is now from 10 years ago,
it’s hard to imagine what it will be like in another 10 years. But last year I moved out of home for the first time,
although I have moved back with family this year to help me with my recovery from the operation.
And I plan on going back to study again next year, even if there will have to be quite a few solutions in place so that I can achieve that.
A lot of my friends have recently finished their degree and are now getting full time jobs.
It’s a bit frustrating for me to feel like I am now falling behind them, but hopefully I can continue to slowly work at it and get there in the next few years".
 
Congratulations to a very worthy nominee, Michael Czermak. You inspire us!