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Old 05-11-11, 01:11 PM   #1
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True Grit!!

Last April (2010) my wifeís MS struck again, and it struck hard. Several tests and doctors visits later it was determined that her disease has now reached the Secondary Progressive stage. Medication options were reviewed and a path forward has tentatively been charted.

Now a year later she is finally pain free but has no feeling in either leg below the knees, along with several other symptoms. She has been unable to drive, ride her bike, and is also somewhat physically restricted in many other ways. Fortunately she can still walk quite well. She just has to watch her feet as she can not feel them.

To her credit, she has opted to take a training course to become qualified in the use of hand controls for her car. Itís tough going and has quite a stringent testing regimen but sheís persisting. I fully expect her to be driving again by summerís end.

Now for the big surprise, she has signed up for an introductory program for using hand cycles! Though she has never been a strong cyclist she knows that she needs to exercise and cycling is an activity that we can do together. She can rent a trike locally for occasional use if she finds hand cycling be within her capabilities and something that she enjoys. Meanwhile Iím preparing to re-install the original wider and more comfortable saddle back onto my Schwinn Airdyne. She intends to use the Airdyne to start working her upper body a bit so as to be in better physical shape for test riding the hand cycles. In addition she has readily agreed to my trying to find a way for her to ride Stoker again on our EZ Tandem, and I believe Iíve got that fix figured out.

It looks like I am going to have my favorite riding partner back again, at least for a while anyway. I have no idea what, if anything, I ever did to deserve being married to such a great woman but I sure am one very lucky man!!
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Old 05-11-11, 02:06 PM   #2
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Go Mrs. Cranky!
Last year shortly before I rode the MS ride, I reconnected with a former classmate whose daughter was going to do the ride. Her daughter has cerebral palsy and was going to ride with a hand cycle. At about mile 43, I was plodding my way along over the bridge into Ocean City. I was having my doubts about my ability to make it. I did, and when i got to the other side of the bridge, I saw my friend's daughter battling her way along, sweat dripping from her hair and face. Talk about motivation! Both aforementioned hand-cycling ladies are an inspiration to we wimps!
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Great Cranky, good to hear.
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A wonderful woman is truly a great blessing. In that regard I share your feelings. God has blessed us both with heros.
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Old 05-11-11, 07:54 PM   #5
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Good for the both of you. Maybe you can get a tandem built up with hand cranks for the back stoker, that would be interesting.
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Old 05-12-11, 07:20 AM   #6
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Lenny and Mrs. Cranky,
This is truly an inspiration to me. She is showing what a real trooper can accomplish and not let a disease stop her from loving life. Please keep us posted on her accomplishments with the driving and the hand cycle. You go Girl!!!!

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Old 05-12-11, 08:10 AM   #7
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Indeed... true grit! You both have my admiration for tenacity in the face of challenges.
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Old 05-12-11, 08:21 AM   #8
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What a toughie.

What a pair of toughies

I hope it continues to be a shared joy
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Enjoy every single day with what ever challenges you face. It's so nice that you are facing this together, fight on!
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I think I want to pray for her. And you make me smile, too, with your great attitudes! God bless.
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