Brother Fang elaborates: "Wow, I nearly forgot I had this, but thanks to the recent acquisition of a scanner, I was lucky to find it again while undertaking the transfer of my massive collection of clippings (articles, pictures and artwork) from paper to digital form.
"This scan is a detail of an ad from the 1996 July-August issue of Modern Maturity. There aren't an excessive amount of photos taken of Annette Funicello after she began showing any visible signs of her multiple sclerosis (MS), but compared to those images readily found online, this one packs its own low-key punch. It's such a powerful picture, one needs to remind themselves this fragile-looking lady sitting on the scooter is the same person who looked like THIS thirty-some years earlier:
"Annette's official website states her MS (which she disclosed having in 1992) is chronic, 'the most serious and debilitating form of the disease', and 'she currently requires 24-hour care that is provided by a healthcare team and her [second] husband, Glen Holt.' Based on this, her current physical activity must be even more limited than it was in the '90s, though her mind is reported to still be sharp.
"There are many ways people react to others who ride around on those special scooters (or use wheelchairs), depending on the condition of the individuals they see riding them. Some are simply not nice about it, especially if whomever they happen to see are either overweight (which implies laziness) or elderly. The bottom line is for the vast majority of users, they use them due to legit health issues. Bearing that in mind, the next time you see anyone riding around on a scooter, think twice before passing any judgement on them. There's a good chance you may need to use one of those someday!"
Keeping it trivial....
Fang Shih-yu, Shaolin Temple.