The breaking point for me in my journey with chronic illness was the moment I determined I needed a cane. It wasn’t the fact that I would be relying on a medical device. It was that all of the canes I found were so incredibly clinical. I felt as though everything about my old life had been taken away and I was left feeling like nothing more than a patient or a medical statistic.
I spent hours scouring shops and online posts to find a cane that made me smile. Sure, it wasn’t essential in the medical sense. But emotionally, it was vital in helping me come to terms with my limitations.
If you, like me, are trying hard to find a trace of yourself amidst your symptoms, let me encourage you to find a cane that is a little out of the ordinary. Find something that makes you smile, that reminds you of a favorite memory, that shows workmanship that you appreciate. In fact, I propose we make these an accessory, just like quirky glasses and scarves and stylish shoes. Maybe we can have a cane for every occasion or season!
If you rely on a cane daily, or even just from time to time when your symptoms flare up, here are a few beautiful options to consider. These would also make meaningful gifts for the person in your life who lives with chronic illness.
This fun tartan cane has been on my wishlist for the past several years. Besides having a fantastic classic look, this cane just makes me think of pumpkin spice. The ergonomic handle would be comfortable and easy to use. The adjustable height makes it easy to get the right fit.
This cane is certainly not short on personality! The traditional curve would be comfortable to use and easy to hook over an arm when not in use. The flame detail is colorful and sure to make you smile.
I have to say, this is probably one of the more beautiful canes I’ve seen. I’m a sucker for wood and carved things in general, and the detailing on this cane is exquisite. It’s delicate and decorative without being flashy. The wood construction would make this a sturdy option, and the seller allows you to select the height to ensure a good fit. As an added bonus, this cane would coordinate with just about any outfit or occasion!
I absolutely love the simplicity, styling, and color of this cane. Everything about it is understated, but perfect. The handle is beautifully designed to fit comfortably in your hand, and the construction is sturdy and solid. This option would be great for a man or a woman.
Who doesn’t love flowers? This happy little cane would bring a smile to anyone’s face! I love the bright colors contrasted on the dark background. The handle would be comfortable and ergonomic, and the adjustable height provides a good fit. This cane is just sweet all around.
This absolutely beautiful cane is hand-made by a woodcarver. What a treasure! The detailing is stunning. The shop owner crafts each cane individually by hand, and uses dyes that are safe for the environment. Custom measurements ensure the cane is just right for you.
Last, but most certainly not least: this is possibly the most stunning cane I’ve ever seen. The carving is not only incredibly beautiful, it looks like it would fit the shape of your hand like a glove. And look at that detailing on the metal! Everything about this cane is exquisite.
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