Deciding to Follow a Passion for Kayaking
How was I going to continue doing something that had become a passion? Fortunately, I have no significantly debilitating symptoms at this time. I have the usual fatigue, pain, and somewhat limited use of my arms and legs. Unfortunately, I have been overweight and out of shape for many years. I decided that I am not going to let this disease dictate what I can and can’t do.
Getting into Shape
So what changes can I make to me continue to kayak for as long as possible? Of course, losing weight and becoming more physically fit will help. In order to accomplish this goal, I am staying as active as possible. When I am able, I walk three times a week. I swim as much as I can weather permitting.
Adapting Paddling Gear and Techniques
In addition, carry a tow rope in one of my hatches in case I need assistance reaching the take out. I have continued to kayak with my on the shorter paddles. In the past, my usual paddling trips would take anywhere from 5 - 7 hours. I decided that at this time it is best for me to be on the hour short paddles. Have I given up on the long paddles? Absolutely not! I envision someday being able to participate in some of the longer paddles I used to enjoy.
I can Paddle with MS
MS doesn’t mean that
we have to stop living. It only means that we have to make adjustments
in our lives, and have the courage
to stand up to this disease. So, I want all of you with
MS to try something even if it seems impossible. Take that first
step … or
paddle stroke! Anything is possible.