Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
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Yes, they are tough. Hope you don't mind my including my Gina!
....Back in 2000 Gina donated a kidney to a family member. In order to prep for the surgry, she trained on the bike. We did a century on the tandem the weekend before the surgery. That was her goal to get fit for the day in order to help her recovery.
She did the donation then within a week she was back on the bike. Only a couple of times up and down the block on her hybrid but she was on her way back. Her back muscles were cut for the removal which is more difficult than the recipient's part. She now has a 10 inch scar on her side. She returned toriding about a month after the surgery. About 3 months later, she was doing 40 mile rides. She did ease the pace for a while after some of the plumbing from the bladder and kidney were rerouted.
I did show this thread to Gina. She said "wow, I couldn't do that!". She says the discipline and determination your wife shows is much more difficult than just getting back on the bike to ride!
Well I think Gina is tough too!
She was bummed as a month or so after her surgery, the removal process turned to an orthoscopic procedure leaving only a one inch scar. This is her 10 incher!
Taken just a few minutes ago!