Saturday, July 14, 2018

July 13th on July 14th ...

Hello all !!!  Much has been happening lately !!!  The biggest happening is the publishing of my new book: "All I Ever Wanted To Be ...".  It is my story of my personal struggles with my health related issues over the years ... along with the triumphs that have also been a HUGE part of my blessed life !!!

Usually on Friday the 13th, one hears of bad luck happening !!  Well, I had an incident yesterday thqt wqs completely at the other end of the spectrum !!! I had just finished a ride of 24+ mile3ws nd had returnee to my car at Vic Thomas parking lot next to Black Dog Salvage.

As I pulled up behind my car, I was sitting there debating how to dismount and load it up.  Of course I know how to do both ... having done so many times.   But I was both hot and tired after this ride which had included some good climbing this day.  As I lifted my body up to the rear bumper of my Subaru, A couple pulled into the spot across the lot from my vehicle.  As they exited their car, they asked if they could "Give me a hand"?   I probably looked that pathetic!  just as their question came from their mouth, I broke in to hysterical laughter and said sure.

They came across the parking lot and gave me a hand loading the trike into the car.  A conversation began and I asked where they were from.  Iowa was their response.  And I advised I had ridden in 3 RAGBRAI bike tours over the years.  They were familiar with that ride and said it was about to begin as it is held the last full week of July.  I also aked if they knew anyone who had Multiple Sclerosis.  One of them indicated they had several relatives that had lived 2ith it.  And NOW@ for the MOST embarrassing part of this story ... His name is Vic and, for the life of me, in an M.S. moment, I cannot remember her bane at this time.

I then asked if they were readers and she indicated that she was so I asked her to look at my book which was recently released.  I shared a couple stories and why I was selling them.  She went and grabbed her purse and purchased one on the spot.  She even handed me a $20 and said keep the change which I told her ALL cash collected over $12.50 went to the MSAV.

So, just from a happenstance meeting ... A person that was already being helpful went even deeper to make a difference.  All I can ask at this point is, should she read this BLOG .. PLEASE email me your name so I don't beat myself too badly trying to recall it !!!

And I will keep you posted if I do get her name and I hope you will follow along and help me out as well by buying a copy of "All I Ever Wanted To Be ... "   And as I am sure you will soon hear, if you don't know already ...  Books may be purchased through me here, at Cardinal Bicycle, Virginia Prosthetic on Williamson Road and on August 11th, there will be a book signing at Cardinal Bicycle from 10 - 2.  I hope to see some of you there !!![[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Telephone call today ... 4/10/18

Today I called Roanoke Outdoors and spoke with an individual that I had worked with, initially, last year when I tried to get into the Blue Ridge Marathon as a hand crank cyclist.  Needless to say ... and for reasons I will not reopen at this tuime ... I was not allowed to enter.

In November of 2017, I went online to the Blue Ridge Marathon website and tried registering for the 2018 BRM.  I was completely honest with my application listing my illnesses and medications.  The site ACCEPTED my application AND my payment.  I was even sent an email congratulating me for entering the BRM.

In December 2017, I injured my elbow requiring surgery to repair on 12/27.  This repair became infected  and required a second surgery on January 19th to remove original repairs, cleanse the wound and redo the procedure.  This was effective and I was released to ride on March 15th.  There was not enough time to effectually train fore this years BRM.

After speaking with my counsel, John Litchenstien, we decided not to ride this year and to give me a year to properly train for the event in 2019.  Additionally, John had plans to be out of town during this period and was not prepared to go forwards.  I knew he was right and agreed to hold off until next year.

As April 10th, I had heard nothing from Roanoke Outdoors about my application so I gave a call to the person I had spoken with last year.  I asked if they had even review2ed the applications yet and the reply was "NO".  O advised that I had registered and had recieved my confirmation # and congratulatory email.  I then advised that I was not going to be able to participate this year due to my injury.  As I understood ... it was apparent I would not have been allowed to participate any way.  I advised I had already requested a "deferral" to the 2019 BRM and that had been accepted.

I then advised that I had an attorney and w2ould be persueing legal action in Federal Court to be allowed to participate due to Discrimination Against aa Disabled Athlete.  The call was quickly ended after that point and it appears I will be having my day in Court on this matter.

I then called John Litchenstien's office and spoke with his legal assistant, who remembered me, and was forwqrded on th John's voice mail for his review upon his return.  Whether or not I am ruled or or against ... I WILL stand my ground for what I feel is right !!!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 ... I'm NOT foolin' !!!

Hello ALL !!!  It's not a ghost writer ... It's really me !!!  I know I have been gone a while but I am back.  I have had a tough few months here lately ... I had my hi[ replaced last October 31st and it has done great!  The in December when I was just starting to ride my hand crank again I was struck down ... w2here it could possibly cause me the most harm ... After riding my handcrank, I came home and was getting my walker out of my car when IT happened ...

As I was getting the walker, it felt like a hot poker was being  into my elbow !!!  It hurt so much that I let out a scream that startled even me!  Thinking I had just pinched a nerve ... I kept on keeping on .. The pain backed off but never went away.  After a couple days I called my {.A. and went to see3 him.

He looked at it a moment and went to get another Dr. ... Dr. Jeremy Smalley, the new Doc at Virginia Orthopedic.  He ordered an MRI and set another appointment.  When the verdict came in ... I had tore the tendon and muscle in my left elbow.  Surgery was set for December 27th.  After the surgwery, I was sent home after two days.  The wound never really healed and it was found out that it had become infected.

A second surgery was set for January 19th to take out and clean up then re do the tear.  The next appointment was set for March `5th .... At least it was the appointment I was looking for ... The one to release me to begin riding my hand crank trike again !!!

Since then, I have only ridden about 41 miles, but I am back in the saddle!!!  The muscle in the left elbow has atrophied greatly since the initial injury but I am back riding and lifting weights to regain some of what I had just five months ago.  It is a struggle but, my life has been a struggle and I have NEVER quit giving my all !!!

So, now that I am back ... you will have to come back to follow my progress !!!  The Blue Ridge Marathon  is not going to happen this year so I have set my training focus for the Colonial Crossroads MS-150 on June 2-3 this year .... So please come back and follow this dream !!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hello Old Friends ...

Hello All,

I am back after being gone for over 8 months now ... No real excuse ... just lazy I reckon.  The last three months hve been a "blur" though !!!  I had my left hip rplaced on Oct. 31st and tht hs done remarkably well !!!  In December I had gone for a ride on my hand crank trike and as I arrived home I was taking my walker out of the back of my car when something like a HOT POKER sdhot through my left elbow.  I monitored it a couple days but there was no improvement.  I went to Orthopedic weho sent me for x-ray and MRI ...

It seems I had tore the tendon and muscle in my left elbow !!!  NOT GOOD for a hand cyclist and someone that lifts weights during winter months !!!  I had surgery to repair on December 27th but the wound never seemed to heal.  I went back Jan' 16th and was determined the woumd was infected !!!  Had surgery Jan. 19th to take out repair hardware and repair AS BEST COULD.

That is where I am now ... I just got "pick line" out Thursday but still on oral antibiotics.  I go see elbow Dr. tomorrow, Feb 12th to find out current status.  My dream of riding Blue Ridge Marathon this year is shot ... Last year I was "trained up" and ready but they shot thaqt down.  This year I wa\\had an attorney ready to go to court if necessary for DISCRI<INATION AGAINST A DISABLED ATHLETE !!!

I guess now I have a yer to get trained up for the 2019 BRM ... I will not bow down or back out to what I see as blatant discrimination !!!  They have no idea who I am if they think that will happen !!!

I am already registered for the Salem Half Marathon again this year after coming in first for the 60-64 year olds this year !!!  And the race director is the same for this event as the BRM ... GO FIGURE !!!

Please come back and follow my BLOG as I promise to do better keeping it up !!!  Email me anytime with questions or comments at ... Have a GREAT day !!!