Yes, I can understand when a person's life has been altered after an accident or surgery or a disease attacks their body, it can be a game changer. Ask anyone who had to use one while recovering from surgery or car accident or illness and they'll give you an earful. It is a navigational nightmare using one in a home and out in the community and I can totally empathize with their woes and challenges getting to and from places. I don't exactly enjoy lugging a wheelchair in and out of the car or transferring my daughter into the car in the middle of a thunderstorm, but it's what we do. So let's try to do it with dignity and respect on behalf of the person who needs help regardless if their condition is permanent or temporary.
For my daughter and other children who have conditions that are permanent, it is not a "cross to bear" or a "death sentence" to be stuck in a chair. The only real burden here for families without financial means for a wheelchair lift, respite, nurses aides, etc., is that not having these things creates barriers. It prevents them from being the family they want to be. It prevents the person in the wheelchair from being the person they were meant to be. Since wheelchairs are their only path to their independence, we must learn to how to make life more accessible for them. Wheelchairs give our family and friends dignity and quality life. It gives them purpose. It doesn't define who they are, it defines what they are capable of being. Without a wheelchair, my daughter would not be able to attend school, cheer-leading, or become involved in the community.