Freedom Chair riders aren't just our customers - they're part of the GRIT family. We like to stay in touch, and there's nothing we love more than seeing pictures and hearing stories about their Freedom Chair experiences.
Today's Rider Spotlight features Jan Whitlow. Jan is a 45 year old adrenaline junkie who sustained an incomplete lower spinal cord injury when he was 17. "I've always been an outdoors person my whole life . . . I played sports, did everything." Over the last 5-10 years, Jan had to slow down a little because, as he said, "daily life in a chair is hard on your shoulders." Jan discovered the GRIT Freedom Chair when a good friend of his shared a Facebook link with him.
"I saw this chair, and I almost didn't go through with it because I was scared it was going to hurt my shoulders," Jan recalls. "But [Tish] convinced me that people have had good results who've had shoulder problems. So, I gave it a shot, and it has not bothered my shoulders like I was fearful of."
Also helping to convince Jan to take the plunge and get his own Freedom Chair was our 30-day money back guarantee. "With the money back guarantee thing I thought, 'I've got nothing to lose, might as well try it!'"
Living in Florida, Jan is most active outdoors in the winter time. "I like to go to State Parks. Down here it's pretty sandy soil . . . We find off road trails in the parks. I could never have done these trails in my regular chair. In the past I've tried it, and my friends have assisted me. And now I don't need much assistance."
Reflecting on his time using the GRIT Freedom Chair so far, Jan says, "It opens so many doors. To me it's an emotional therapy as well."