Mobility issues, whether from a chronic disease or otherwise, can range from occasional balance difficulty to needing to use a wheelchair. When your mobility is affected, it can drastically change your world. Around 1 in 10 American adults has a disability that affects their ability to walk, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And when you begin to slow down or notice certain activities or locations aren’t accessible to you, your social life, self-esteem, and mood can suffer, too.

“My diagnosis and mobility issues affect my life by limiting what I can do on a daily basis,” says Teresa M. Stallone, 46, a Chicago-based family caregiver and patient advocate with psoriatic arthritis and epilepsy.

“Everyday tasks, such as household chores, showering, grocery shopping, and even going on walks for exercise and to clear my mind require me to break down what will take up the most energy for that task and how much will be left over for the next one.”