I’m Mary, married to Pete, with two teenage children, and we live in the Yorkshire Pennines. I’ve been living with MS since 2004.
A particular frustration caused by the MS has been the difficulty of getting out into the countryside together as we used to. Always a problem solver, Pete came up with a novel solution: get a tandem! Fortunately, the teenagers no longer wish to be seen with us so a bicycle made for two was all we needed!
After initial scepticism on my part, I am now mobile in unexpected ways, as we’ve been inspired to try out different ideas, and I’m feeling the fresh air on my face again. It’s making me feel so much happier that I wanted to share my adventures.
There’s more about how we got started in my post Thinking Differently.
Note: A few words of safety aren’t amiss for anyone in the same boat who is tempted to try out anything similar, especially if you go far from rescue: carry a spare inner tube or a canister of that stuff that seals and reinflates tyres. As I can’t walk far, we also carry an emergency shelter (a “bothy bag”) and small sleeping bag.
That said, we’re simply having great fun!