Rayanne struggles to walk even with her post polio syndrome increasingly making walking more difficult. She has been told a wheelchair is more appropriate but she refuses. She feels leg braces would be better but has no money for them. Instead she is learning to bind her legs in leather to walk. This may be a short term solution but she is an incredible woman who strongly fights to retain her legs.
Since 1999, Chairem has brought you women with disabilities from around the world who are proud of themselves and allow you a look into their lives. Its hard to pin point all my favorites into one video so I have selected some of my favorite and private clips to share with you. Many are no longer available and some have never been seen. Double amputee, multiple paraplegics, polio leg brace wearers and wheelers. This are all guaranteed to make your heart race.
* Not all clips are shown in this sample from this 30 minute volume of the Chairem Internationals favorite scenes.
Brenda arrives in a truck and transfers out to her wheelchair. Once there she wheels towards the apartment and stops to remove her shoes and struggle to cross her legs in a seated position. Her legs are pliable and she can move them into incredible positions. Once inside she transfers to a sofa for some leg and foot attention before crawling and dragging herself across the floor to the bedroom to change. When she returns, she struggles onto the sofa and back into her wheelchair. She so carefully lifts each leg by grabbing her pants, making her feet, flop and dangle as she positions them under each other in a cross legged position.
Crutchman attends a disabled water ski event and focuses his attention on some beautiful paraplegics, a polio goddess and even some burly male paras. Then he heads to his favorite mall in time to watch a para transfer out of her car and inside he finds a polio woman with a short and weak leg walking on crutches. Then from a secret collection, some snippets of a quadriplegic never seen before.
We’re graced to spend time with Donna who walks so carefully to the stairs to show how she is challenged by them. Then its a walk outside to a beautiful spot in the sun where she reaches out to you for assistance to sit in the cool grass. There, she removes her braces and manipulates her legs and feet by hand, applying lotion so calmly and generously for your pleasure. With you assistance she’ll stand again and walk for you once more, slowly swinging each steel clad leg through the grass.
Sharry Konopski sold Chairem the rights to her videos when she retired. We only offer them for fund raising when a chairem Model is in need. We continue to raise money for a new wheelchair for Catalina.
Sharry does multiple transfers in and out of her wheelchair and has fun teasing her cat while on a commode with her paralyzed foot hanging and dangling like a toy.
Cleopatra wheels to a private spot where she can dedicate some time to her beautiful long and motionless legs. Attention to detail is given to her feet and shoes are put on and taken off. Her foot drags as she wheels through the grass. All such beautiful moments that she says is her just being her; Cleopatra just being Cleopatra.