by Bonnie Iglesias
My health had steadily improved over the last 15 months, and I was excited to get back on a tandem bicycle and ride with my brother, Chris. It was our tradition to ride a few miles and cross the finish line together on the first day of Bike MS, and I was thrilled to roll down the road with my brother’s help. But what really excited me was the second day’s I Ride with MS Victory Lap.
Different Spokes—a company specializing in adaptive bicycles—loaned me a trike. I sat down in the low seat, and Don, the owner of the company, helped secure my feet and legs. Before I knew it, I was around the first corner. Halfway through, I felt strong going up the short hill. Just a few minutes later, despite years of fatigue and mobility challenges brought on by the disease, I rolled through the bright orange MS finish line arch to cheers and music. I rode a mile all by myself—the first time in two decades. It was absolutely exhilarating.
Four days later, I am in the hospital with a major MS flare-up.
My mind is speeding, and I can’t pick up my legs at all. There is something wrong with my eye. Even with all the advances of the last 30 years, that’s how it can go with MS. With no warning, I went from riding a bicycle solo to sitting in a chair with a needle in my arm getting infusions.
It’s clear: We haven’t yet crossed the finish line to end MS. We need to keep raising money to end this disease forever.
This is going to be the year that Chris and I, along with teams Amulet and Team Slugfish, all reach over a half-a-million dollars in cumulative fundraising. Together, we’ll keep fighting, keep rolling forward, and continue to have hope for all of us who live with MS. Will you join us?
Donate to Bike MS Oregon or to the team or rider of your choice at: www.bikeMS.org > Bike MS Oregon 2016
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