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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well, damnit, it finally happened!

I don't mean a crash...done that. I've been battling Multiple Sclerosis for a few years now. For those of you who don't know what that is...it's a neurological disease where the brain and spinal cord basically destroy themselves. So far, I've been pretty lucky. Only the area of the brain controlling short term memory has been destroyed. Well, I was going for a ride the other day. Got on the bike and started out the driveway. Went to pull up my legs and my right leg wouldn't respond . Turned back into the driveway and got off. Walked around for a while and tried again. This time it worked pretty well. Don't know what my future holds, but I hope I can kneedrag for a while before I become my family's favorite vegetable.

Anyway, I guess my point is that no matter how shi%$y of a day you are having (and we all have them)....cherish your health and don't take it for granted Most anything else can be replaced/repaired.
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Wow man. I dont know what to say about that. with everything. It's tremendous that you are able to ride a bike with something like that. Stay well.



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Thank you for reminding us to cherish something I'm sure we all take for granted.


My step-father was diagnosed with MS at age 40, and as a result, was seen as a "liability," and let go from his Engineering job of nearly 20 years. He went through a rough few months, but then decided to look at it as a blessing, and went back to school -- Law School. He's now a very successful litigation attorney with an oil company in Texas. His MS is, for the most part, controlled by weekly injections, and while he has his 'tired' days (as he calls them), he's perfectly fine in every other sense of the word. I'm not sure if you're already on medication, but if you're not, it can make a huge difference.

Good luck with everything, and keep fighting!
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Life is short, live it up. Unfortunately it took me losing a parent to realize that.
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Thank you for reminding us to cherish something I'm sure we all take for granted.


My step-father was diagnosed with MS at age 40, and as a result, was seen as a "liability," and let go from his Engineering job of nearly 20 years. He went through a rough few months, but then decided to look at it as a blessing, and went back to school -- Law School. He's now a very successful litigation attorney with an oil company in Texas. His MS is, for the most part, controlled by weekly injections, and while he has his 'tired' days (as he calls them), he's perfectly fine in every other sense of the word. I'm not sure if you're already on medication, but if you're not, it can make a huge difference.

Good luck with everything, and keep fighting!
I appreciate all the support I am injecting Avonex every Friday, and that has pretty well controlled it. Only problem, it makes me sick as hell for the next couple of days...kinda like a chemo treatment. Everyone reacts differently. That's awesome about your stef-father. What people don't realize is that the disease does not affect your intelligence....he proved that!
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Life is short, live it up. Unfortunately it took me losing a parent to realize that.
+++1. I just lost my father...kinda puts things in perspective, doesn't it? Sorry for your loss
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I am sorry to hear that, good luck with your treatment and to you still doing what you love to do, be careful!!
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Life is short, live it up. Unfortunately it took me losing a parent to realize that.

I agree completely. I lost my brother due to cancer a couple of years ago. It will be 2 years on July 27 and I still live by that. Seize the day.


And good luck to you R1HOOLIGAN and you are in all of our prayers.

Finally back on 2 wheels
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Again, I appreciate all the support. A thread like this just reminds us all that everyone has a demon to fight, a cross to bear, or a loss to deal with. No one is exempt. When I throw a "pity party", I have to remind myself of that. I'm sure many of you are quietly suffering in one way or another and have it much worse than me. Thanks again....you all are a great bunch of people!
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with everything. It's tremendous that you are able to ride a bike with something like that. Stay well.
I have an aunt that has MS and she remains in a wheel chair. Also, My wife's best friend is suffering some serious health issues at the age of only 32. Just last week, she suffered a minor stroke and is now hospitalized. I also lost my grandfather this year to a house fire. You have to cherish and appreciate the time, the people, you do have in your life and not take anything for granted.
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I'm to hear that! I wish you well and hopefully the docs can help you out.




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