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Monday, May 16, 2011

How I walk

Walking is always taken for granted by most people. Once a person deals with an illness such as Multiple Sclerosis it gives you a renewed sense of how important walking is. As soon as I was discharged from the regular hospital I spent almost 2 weeks in inpatient physical therapy being retrained on something I had been doing for about 29 years. It didn't come easy to me, I won't lie I had spent alot of time balancing in front of the ballerina bars until I didn't need two hands to do it. I started out like most folks lumbering forward like Frankenstein's monster. I was fortunate to have my own cheerleaders )my wife and family,even my cats)(nothing encourages you like a cat freaking out because you're all wobbly over it)

I embraced my franken-walking no matter how silly it looked to the unknowing public. With continued phys-therapy and continued tysabri (natalizumab) I believe I have progressed to baby step walking where my joints are a little more co-ordinated and I'm more confident that I won't fall on my face. I have been using a cane rather than the walker (when strength permits) and that's why I refer to it like baby walking. Life is going good and I'm feeling stronger, and no squashed cats!


  1. Hi Ricardo,
    Thanks for sharing, glad you can walk even if it is with a cane or walker.

    nice to "meet you". I understand. I was diagnosed in June 2004. I am on disability too. I hope we can share this journey together and help each other along.
    Love Gail
    peace and hope for us all

  3. Hi guys,

    I think every little bit helps when it comes to sharing info with each other and the able bodied public, thank you for reading!