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05-16-05, 09:14 PM
My nickname is the Flyin Hawaiian. I raced from the mid-70's to to mid-90's. I stopped racing after I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, a neurological disorder that interferes with muscle coordination. It currently has no cure but the rate of progression has been slowed down in many instances by new meds. I currently do volunteer work in the Senior Community. I play ther uke (with a name like the Flyin Hawaiian, it is no surprise), love my granddaughter, and live like there's no tomorrow. I also keep tabs on the cycling world where I made countless friends (and perhaps enemies), and had unforgettable experiences.
Are you familiar with Jim "Parky" Wetherell's site, www.inevergiveup.org? Jim is an avid cyclist despite his PD.
05-18-05, 10:28 PM
Hi, JenM...Thanks for the information about Jim Wetherall. He's quite a fighter. There is also Ron Israel, in his 50's and also a Parkie: He just rode from San Diego to Washigton State to see his son graduate. see http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/media/paper375/news/2005/04/08/News/Dad-Pedals.For.Parkinsons.Son-918465.shtml .
And there is Davis Phinney's effort to find a cure..
And here in California, I was fortunate to be able to work for the passage of Proposition 71. I also run a support group and belong to group of Parkies to make information from the research end reach the users in a more efficient manner. I think riding a bike creates a sense of optimism in one's reward for work done now...I remember all the times I said to myself when responding to an attack on a hill "Don't get dropped!"
I think that's what I respond with on the bad days... "Don't get dropped!"
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