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11 minutes on the bike - wow!

Friday, September 09, 2011

I know it doesn't sound like much - but I have suffered lower back pain for most of my 60 years. I never really thought about it but it probably ties into the fact I was born without hip sockets. Now before anyone feels sorry for me, let me explain.

I was born without hip sockets but a friend of my grandmother was an "old midwife" and she told my mother, "something is wrong with this child - have her checked out" for my oldest sister (sponge hip) and mom had each of us checked after that - yup, no hip sockets for me!

2 years with a 36" bar attached to my baby shoes and me dragging it all over the house! (that sounds awfully long to me, but what do I know - that's what Mom told me)

I was also born with Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, a disorder of the visual system that is characterized by a vision deficiency in an eye that is otherwise physically normal, coupled with astigmatism not only on the surface of my eyes, but behind my eyes as well. Can you say, "blind as a bat?"

So from an early age I was "doomed" to be crippled and blind. Well, the hips were found and a solution put in place - one down.

We lived in a low-middle income housing development and on the same floor (6 floor apt buildings) was an upcoming eye specialist who worked with me every week even after he moved to another state! My parents took me from NYC to New Jersey every Tuesday, Dad's only day off, and Dr. Clark not only checked and exercised my eyes, they fed us! ... and let me walk their poor little dog almost to death! Every week he did this for free to save my eyes!

Bless his heart, literally, because he died of an enlarged heart at the age of 40. I was only one of thousands this blessed man helped for free!

OMG! I have gotten away from my subject!! So even though I did bike when I was 17, it always caused me back pain and I finally did just give it up.

Yesterday, for whatever reason, I decided to give my Dad's old stationary bike another try and I managed to do 5-7 minutes but didn't believe it. So I dragged it to the TV room and checked the clock and this time I logged 11 minutes straight! WooHoo for this old dawg!!

Never ever give up on yourself! We are so worth the extra effort!!

P.S. 5 % Fall Challenge is now closed :(

**edit: I am now able to do 20-30 min at a time! WooHoo!!

Reading makes the riding go faster!
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HELLAS2 9/27/2011 3:00PM

    What a wonderful life story you have ... and what a gracious caring doctor that was to help you for free. Life is full of surprises. Awesome work on the bike.

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JUDYK17 9/17/2011 10:27PM

    What a great story. I am lucky that I was able to move to my dad's doctor. He is never in a hurry and takes the time to not only talk to you but also to listen to what you have to say. There a re few good doctors out there.

Great work on the bike!

Judy

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KIKI0531 9/17/2011 2:00PM

    What a great story about your eye doctor. You are so right too - there are not many physicians out there that I know of today that would provide care for free. As for the mileage on the ole' bike emoticon

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GNUATTITUDE 9/17/2011 9:54AM

    Eleven minutes is a victory and what an inspiration! Never, never, NEVER give up! That's the only way we discover what we are capable of doing. emoticon

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LYNKIN 9/17/2011 8:05AM

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! You are awesome! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 9/15/2011 11:09AM

    emoticon for Dr. Clark! and emoticon for you! I thing a special part of you being able to do this is because it's your Dad's bike and he is cheering you on from above. emoticon

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MILLIE5522 9/13/2011 3:27PM

    You are amazing! I feel so lucky to have come across you so early in my Spark life lol emoticon

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MRSWHITEWOLF 9/11/2011 3:12PM

    Awesome story Linda!!!! Way to go!

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NPA4LOSS 9/10/2011 12:24PM

    How wonderful to have a special person help you as that Dr. did. emoticon on the bike riding. Is it a recumbent? I also have OA and find if I am on too long I have extra pain but if I limit my rides then I do very well. Enjoy the minutes and the ride. emoticon

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BIBS4664 9/10/2011 11:53AM

    You did it...Yea!!! Thank you for your story. Hwlelprd mr.


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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/10/2011 11:12AM

    COOL Linda COOL !! My parents figured "either this kid is STUPID or she's almost blind" cos I kept literally walking into the walls and door frames,,,they were HOPING for almost blind,,, LOL ! Sure enough that was IT !! I've been wearing glasses since the age of 2. I WILL NOT TAKE them OFF For ANYTHING ! I ADORE THEM ! They are my lifesaver, with a double astigmastism in my left eye,,and a single in right eye. Hey its ALL I've known.

GO GIRL GIRL on the bike ,,,since you dare ! I gave the bike up,,,it was hurting my hips to much,,,but thats the aruthur iris ! He and I met some years ago,,,and we even SLEEP together, but please DO NOT tell the elders of my cong ! SHHHHHHH ! LOL !

I am a wishing you well ! for I am SURE you ALSO have aruthur sleeping with YOU ALSO and how much this HURTS to BADLY, but you just KICKING and PEDDLING ONWARD thu it, you are stronger than I am kiddo !! YOU GO YOU GO !!! Diane ML

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/10/2011 9:34AM

    Way to go!

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DIZZYDOC 9/10/2011 8:04AM

    Way to go! You have done wonders with your weight loss and a life time of problems. What a GREAT spirit and motivator.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/10/2011 7:50AM

    That's the spirit...never give up!

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SUSIEPH1 9/9/2011 11:46PM

    What an awesome man that doctor was!.
You have had so many problems early in life too .. but hey we are here and doing well ..
Congratulations my friend glad you tried the bike!!
Thank you for the inspiration to keep going!
Take Care ..
Enjoy the challenge!!
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/9/2011 9:45PM

    NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP... that's my plan! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/9/2011 9:22PM

    What a heartwarming story: your parents and your doctors believed in you, and you still believe in yourself!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/9/2011 7:52PM

    Ride that bike and blind as a bat, meet, blind as a bat. LOL Glasses since I was 3 . But we made it. Thanks for a little insight into your life.

Gini

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LAURELSPARK 9/9/2011 7:20PM

    What a great attitude you have...it certainly makes life more fun, doesn't it!!

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TYBEWALLACE 9/9/2011 6:48PM

    I am speechless (which doesn't happen much).....
What an amazing story of kindness and generosity and of your stregnth and preserverence...

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HEALTHY1JESS 9/9/2011 6:32PM

    emoticon I am so happy for you!!! emoticon

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LMMIMI 9/9/2011 3:26PM

    Go for it! I am trying the bike at our Rec Building, but so far 10 minutes it my limit.

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MARTY19 9/9/2011 1:57PM

    You are so positive about everything. It is a joy. For you, the glass us always half full.

Love you,
Marty

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TULIPAN2 9/9/2011 12:37PM

    emoticon :)

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RUFFIT 9/9/2011 10:35AM

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ESILBO 9/9/2011 10:08AM

    SO GLAD FOR YOU LINDA....ENJOY IT, USED TO LOVE BIKING BUT TOO BIG FOR THAT NOW...BUT WAIT, ITS COMING...LOL
LOVE
LISE

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GRANDMA1951 9/9/2011 10:03AM

    Good for you. It's great that you can do things you didn't think you'd ever be able to.

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KAREN42BOYS 9/9/2011 9:22AM

    What a wonderful story, Linda, of people helping a child in need.

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KINSBAILE 9/9/2011 9:16AM

    Great job!

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VIRGOTEX 9/9/2011 8:51AM

    Way.to.GO!

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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2011 8:29AM

    emoticon Linda, really pleased for you hun emoticon

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MERKDJM 9/9/2011 8:19AM

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