Whenever I use my walking stick (i.e., cane), I do get self-conscious, worrying about what others are thinking.
I'm concerned that people are staring or wondering why somebody that looks like me needs it.
I hope my wife and kiddos don't view as me less of a husband or father - I want them to know that I'm always their teacher, comedian and protector - stick or not.
I don't regularly use my cane but when I do, these are just some of the mental and emotional hurdles that follow.
Thank you, Jamie-Lynn for sharing your thoughts on this topic: